Director : Todd Phillips
Running Time : 100 minutes
Release Date : In cinemas now
So the boys are back.
Phil (Cooper), Stu (Helms) and Doug (Bartha), along with some family and friends, stage an intervention for Alan (Galifianakis). He agrees to go to rehab in Arizona so the boys embark on a 2 day road trip to deliver him safe and sound. Of course, when The Wolfpack gets together, things go awry…..and this time is no different.
The boys are tracked down en route by Marshall (Goodman) who wants them to find Chow (Jeong). Chow has just broken out of a prison in Bangkok and is looking for fun. And fun for this lot means Vegas. The Wolfpack and Chow in Vegas….. hilarity ensues.
Except that it doesn’t. Hilarity does not ensue…. and it was so disappointing that I almost couldn’t bear to write a review.
So what went wrong?
All the original actors are present and accounted for and there are some extraordinary cameos from the likes of John Goodman and the current comedy golden girl, Melissa McCarthy. Actually, McCarthy’s brief but pivotal turn as the sassy Cassie (oh look, some humour) is one of the movie’s highlights.
The movie sticks to the basic formula except this time around, they don’t wake up and have to try to piece together the night before. But this alone is not responsible for this movie’s flaws. It is just not as funny as it’s predecessors. Even Mr Chow could only elicit a few chuckles from the audience. Traditionally, Mr Chow’s one liners are the ones we see quoted over and over and make the bulk of post Hangover viewing facebook status updates.
Clearly if the jokes aren’t funny, the script is lacking. And it is. The writing is lazy and at times cruel. Neither I nor my fellow cinema patrons thought a giraffe being decapitated on a freeway by a low overpass was funny. It was a childish, bizarre and unnecessary ‘ joke ‘ that added nothing to the story.
But it wasn’t all bad.
There were some funny moments and there are some twists that I didn’t see coming. The story itself isn’t too bad but as the final part of a very successful franchise, I was expecting much more. The story does tie up some loose ends…. we get to see what became of Stu’s first wife, the hooker with a heart Jade and her then infant son.
Speaking of loose ends, the movie does do an excellent job of finalising the franchise. All the major characters are rounded out and given their endings. The chances of another Hangover movie are slim…… and that’s not a bad thing.
This movie was not great for me. I do know people, however, who have loved it. But that’s the great thing about movies, they are so subjective. The first movie is a classic, the second one was less funny but still pretty damn good. This one does it’s job…… it ties things up. Alas, it doesn’t do it with the humour we have come to expect from Alan, Chow and co. And that’s such a shame.
Love Flick xx