The movie “New Year’s Eve” consists of a number of storylines that happened on the New Year’s Eve:
- The vice-president of the company that organized the Time Square New Year’s Eve activities was managing the crisis of the jamming of the ball used for the ball drop event.
- A deliveryman was trying to fulfill a secretary’s New Year’s resolutions before midnight in exchange of some party tickets.
- A mother was following her daughter who wanted to spend the New Year’s Eve with her boyfriend.
- A comic book illustrator who hated New Year’s Eve got stuck in an elevator with a back-up singer.
- A musician proposed to his ex-girlfriend on last New Year’s Eve but then he ran away, this year he rekindled his feelings for his ex-girlfriend who worked together in the same event.
- A man in his final stage of cancer refused chemotherapy and only wished to see the ball drop one last time, the nurse who took care of him talked to her husband serving in Afghanistan through internet.
- A couple in the hospital was competing with another couple for a bonus offered for the family of the first child born in the New Year.
- A businessman came to New York to deliver a speech and attend a meeting with a mysterious woman he met on last New Year’s Eve.
Although there are some touching moments and so many stars in the movie, the storylines are familiar and do not provide much surprise. But I like the movie keeps reminding us that New Year’s Eve is about second chances, hope and forgiveness. Below are 2 of my favorite parts.
While the jamming ball was being fixed, the vice-president Claire Morgan gave a speech to the reporters regarding the event:
As you all can see the ball has stopped half way to its porch. It’s suspended there to remind us before we pop the champagne and celebrate the New Year, to stop and reflect on the year that has gone by. To remember both our triumphs and our missteps, our promises made and broken. The times we opened ourselves up to great adventures or close ourselves down for fear of getting hurt. Cause that’s what New Year’s is all about, getting another chance. The chance to forgive, to do better, to do more, to give more, to love more. And stop worrying about what if and start embracing what will be. So when that ball drops at midnight, and it will drop, let’s remember to be nice to each other, kind to each other. And not just tonight, but all year long. Thank you.
Also, the last few lines of the movie, voice-over by Robert De Niro who acted as the cancer patient:
Sometimes it feels like there are so many things we can’t control, earthquakes, floods, reality shows. But it’s important to remember the things we can, like forgiveness, second chances, fresh starts. Because the one thing that turns the world from a lonely place to a beautiful place, is love. Love in any of its forms. Love gives us hope, hope for the New Year. That’s New Year’s Eve to me. Hope, and a great party.
There is another half of this year to go, you still have time to achieve your New Year’s resolutions, and plan ahead what you will do and who you will meet this New Year’s Eve.