Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Review: The Hangover Part III

Release Date: May 23, 2013
Running Time: 100 minutes
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis
Who to see it with: Someone who loved the first Hangovers and has to find out how it ends.


The first Hangover was absolutely amazing. It was a first of its kind crazy, fun, interesting, and far out adventure. The second movie felt like a rushed rehash of the first movie--same story, different city. For the Hangover Part III, the creators tried to rectify this; to have a new and different movie and give a proper conclusion to the story. However, it feels like the criticism from the second movie made the writers of the Hangover scared to take risks the latest installment. The Hangover Part III is missing a lot of the craziness that made the first movie so memorable. With a series like this, each successive movie has to take more risks and one up the last one to keep you entertained. Here, the movie feels sort of vanilla--there is nothing really new. There are no great new characters (or animals for that matter) and no major disfiguration. And, the story moves along a little too easily and conveniently. In the first two movies, many of the best scenes were the characters going to different places trying to piece together the events of the night before. The aimless wandering added some great jokes and some outrageous experiences; for those movies it was the journey that was fun, not the destination. In the Hangover Part III, it feels like the story is entirely plotted and moves from point A, to point B, to point C without much adversity. The jokes are funny at times but nothing is really as shocking or laugh out loud funny as in the first one. In the end, you leave the Hangover feeling unfulfilled. It's not a bad movie, there's just nothing that really stands out. To be honest, the best scene in the movie is the stinger in the middle of the credits, and it's not enough to make this movie a must see. The Hangover Part III is better than the second one and brings the story to some sort of conclusion, but it's not nearly as funny or crazy as the first one. 

Rent it.

PS - As mentioned above there IS a stinger in the middle of the credits. 

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