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Movie Review: The Hangover Part Iii

 
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Prinz Lee wrote this review 3 years and 6 months ago

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Not much to say other than: that’s all, folks!

Didn’t love it, didn’t hate it, but enjoyed it very much! Although Todd Phillips’ third and final part to what will always be one of Hollywood’s strongest comedy franchises will remain firm with its first swing, if there’s one thing we cannot deny is our elevated interests when we heard there’d be second and piqued interest among the third.

It’s been two years! Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Doug (Justin Bartha) are happily living restful lives at home – tats laser’d off, rancid photos deleted. The last they heard from catastrophe-magnet Leslie Chow (Ken Jeong), he was thrown into a Thai prison, and with him out of the way, the guys have completely recovered from their nights prowling the seamy side of Vegas in a roofie’d maze, and being kidnapped, shot at, and chased by drug-dealing mobsters in Bangkok.

The only member of the Wolfpack who’s not happy is Alan (Zach Galifianakis). Still lacking a sense of purpose, the group’s black-sheep has ditched his meds and given into his natural impulses in a big way – which, for Alan, means no boundaries, no filters, and no judgment – until a personal crises forces him to finally seek the help he needs. Well, and who better than his three amigos to make sure he takes the first step. This time, there’s no bachelor party and no wedding. What could possibly go wrong, right? Well, when the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are (always) off! 

Different in all aspects of what we’re use to; this one carries more action-based swag than it does comedy. Tasteless jargon and goofs are still around, but it’s more of a run-catch-or-be-killed approach, layered with a heist, a road trip, and elements of mystery too, as it touches on certain things that weren’t explored before, but were always part of the undertone of the two previous films.

Adding John Goodman to the cast and mix of characters as Marshall is what serves as a “string of consciousness” tying all three films together. Linked to Chow, this unexpected journey of bumps and bruises brings everything together and wraps it up with an ending that follows its own logic. Does it work? Yes, to an extent leaves a pleasant feeling of closure, but what saddens me the most is the franchise’s formulaic roots that ignited the spark, leading to stomach-hurting, laugh-out-loud, dark, rude, and raunchy comedy we fell in love with is missing. Sporadically, there are lines and scenes that are funny, but for the most part it came off like a speed-chaser flick of “good guys versus bad guys.”

Overall, is it a bad film? No, it enlightens, has its blue jokes that may turn some off, entertains, and establishes a well-rounded result. It all ends, and glad it does, as I really don’t see where they could have taken it from here. To its credit, one of the most hilarious scenes actually happens to be a post-credit shot that goes back to the way it all started! Stick around, as I’m sure it’ll be one of the hardest laughs out of the entire film. That said, thank you to Todd Phillips and crew for having kept me, personally, attached to a story I’ll forever enjoy.

B-

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