Last week, I got a chance to see The Hangover Part III, and it didn’t quite live up to expectations derived from previous “Hangover” films. Don’t get me wrong, this was a decent ending to an epically hilarious series, but it is often hard to continue recreating the same chemistry and magic present in The Hangover. This finale brings as many similarities as there are differences to previous ones, as director and writer Todd Phillips tries to create something new while remaining true to the trilogy and wrapping up the story. In the end, The Hangover Part III makes for an average, comedic, slightly different, and entertaining adventure with the same characters and chaos that audiences have come to love.
The Hangover Part III begins with the jailbreak of a familiar “hangover” character, international gangster, Leslie Chow (Jeong), who is seen getting into trouble with the main characters in previous films. The audience is then taken to our “Wolfpack” members Phil (Cooper), Alan (Galifianakis), Stu (Helms), and Doug (Bartha). This time, Alan has become out of control and has stopped taking his medication. When Alan’s friends and family stage an intervention, they decide it is best to take him to a treatment center in Arizona. While on the way to Arizona, the pack encounters crime boss, Marshall (Goodman), who is looking for Chow and knows of the group’s previous antics. Marshall takes Doug hostage and demands the other three find Chow immediately. Our characters then embark on a journey in search of Chow, where they meet a few familiar faces and create as much mayhem as ever before.
The most obvious change in The Hangover Part III is the structure of the film, where in previous films we saw the characters experience a night of drunken chaos and spend their hangover desperately struggling to pick up the pieces from the night before. Instead, this film is a “hangover” itself and pushes forward as the “Wolfpack’s” previous actions catch up with them (lots of flashbacks), and they spend the rest of the movie dealing with the consequences. The Hangover Part III raises the stakes, giving more room to explore the characters and showing the audience how far they will go. This film is also very funny, filled with a lot of laugh-out-loud and shocking moments and features a lot of language and sexual references.
This film felt like a “hangover” reunion of sorts, which made this a great ending. The Hangover Part III lacks the freshness of the original “hangover” film, but the creators try their best to mix it up and bring the story to a close in a unique, but similar fashion. Only time will tell if this film is a success, but eventually audiences will only remember the “hangover” as a whole and most likely appreciate the comedy and fun these films hold.
The Hangover Part III stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, John Goodman, and Melissa McCarthy. This film is rated R for pervasive language including sexual references, some violence and drug content, and brief graphic language. Running time is 1 hour and 40 minutes. 3.3 out of 5 stars.
By: Hayden Pittman
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