After much anticipation, The Hangover Part III finally premiered in theaters all over. I started following progress on the movie closely when director Todd Phillips starting posting pictures to his Instagram account from behind the scenes. And the pictures I saw had me really excited for the release. From what I saw, there were many great additions to the Hangover Part III that had this movie set for greatness. The addition of John Goodman, the pig masked bandits, a new plot line, Tijuana and the return to Vegas were all ingredients for a comedic masterpiece. With all of that in mind, my expectations for this film were extremely high. So the question on everyone’s mind is, Did it live up to the hype? Keep reading…..
There are many great aspects to the film but they are equally weighed in with negative aspects as well. I hate to bring this up, but, if you watched any of the trailers for the Hangover Part III then you have essentially watched all of the funniest parts of the movie. That pissed me off, I almost punched an entire group of teenagers that were sitting next to me once I realized that. I sat through the entire movie waiting for something to really strike my funny bone but it never happened. A couple chuckles here and there but not at one point was the entire theater in a complete uproar of laughter. Even Alan (Zach Galifianakis) wasn’t as funny in this movie, every joke almost seemed forced in a way.
The best way to breakdown the entire Hangover trilogy and how I truly felt about this movie in particular is by comparing it to a relationship. The Hangover Part 1, the perfect girlfriend. She is beautiful and funny, your parents and friends both like her and it seems like the beginnings to something great. Then you move on to the sequel, this is an Asian girl who has all of the same qualities as the first girlfriend only your friends and parents don’t like. On the surface, her qualities were the same and she provided a couple funny inside jokes but deep down she was just a way too serious cold-hearted bitch. Then you move on to the third girlfriend. You like her but you don’t love her, you are not sure how your friends or family will feel about her and you are sort of reserved about being seen in public with her. Does that make sense?
There are many parts of The Hangover 3 that I did enjoy though. The re-introduction of a couple characters from the original Hangover was perfectly executed and unexpected. This movie did a great job of piecing the entire trilogy together from start to finish. Realizing that the carbon copy formula going into the Hangover Part II was a mistake, they introduced a completely new story line and brought back one of the unsung heroes from the original film, Las Vegas. I don’t want to give up any more spoilers than the trailer already did, but, there is a little scene after the credits and it was probably the funniest part of the movie. It’s also incredibly cheesy but you will get a good laugh out of it.
Do I suggest seeing the movie? Of course, but I cannot tell you that I loved it. All I can think back to is the original Hangover, being in a completely packed theater laughing so hard that I couldn’t breathe. Walking out of that theater and immediately purchasing tickets for the first next day showing so I could hear all the jokes I missed. The Hangover Part III does not have me rushing back to see it.
THE HANGOVER PART 3: MOVIE SYNOPSIS
It’s been two years. Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Doug (Justin Bartha) are happily living uneventful lives at home. Tattoos have been lasered off, files purged. The last they heard from disaster-magnet Leslie Chow (Ken Jeong), he’d been tossed into a Thai prison and, with him out of the way, the guys have very nearly recovered from their nights prowling the seamy side of Las Vegas in a roofie’d haze, and being kidnapped, shot at, and chased by drug- dealing mobsters in Bangkok.
The only member of the Wolfpack who’s not content is Alan (Zach Galifianakis). Still lacking a sense of purpose, the group’s black sheep has ditched his meds and given in to his natural impulses in a big way-which, for Alan, means no boundaries, no filters and no judgment-until a personal crisis forces him to finally seek the help he needs.
One way or another…it all ends here.
One thing I will leave you with, no Tyson. Strange? I would love to hear your opinions if you saw it, comment below or hit me up! @PatHanavan
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