The marketing collateral and trailers for the The Hangover III all promised that this final chapter would be “…the epic conclusion to an incomparable odyssey of mayhem and bad decisions…” As adverts always say the truth my expectations were set high.
The Hangover Part III reunites Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha and Ken Jeong as Phil, Stu, Alan, Doug and Leslie Chow. Now two years later all the members of the “Wolfpack” are settled in their uneventful lives… The only member of the pack who’s not content is Alan, who has been of his meds and seems to have lost all sense of purpose. The events start when Alan’s father, played by Jeffry Tambor, died of a heart attack following his son being responsible for a highway pile up caused by his beheaded pet giraffe.
Following this hilarious event the three friends step in to make sure Allan seeks the help he needs. This will take the boys on an unplanned road trip to Mexico and Vegas on the hunt for Chow and the lost gold of bad guy, Marshall, played by John Goodman.
This time around there are no crazy tattoos, unplanned weddings or drug fueled nights that lead to mass amnesia….
Unlike in the first two Hangover movies Helms and Cooper mainly have supporting roles. This allowed for Zach Galifianakis’s character to become the lead closely followed by Ken Joeng. Galifianakis hilarious unpredictability makes way to expose a sensitive and needy side that paves the way to an unexpected romance, while Chow evolves from a crazy cokehead into a full blown psychopath.
The character chances also mean that most of the slapstick humor, that made the first two movies a success, made place for a more robust, albeit predictable story. This makes The Hangover III, more of a comedy thriller that can be enjoyed on many different levels.
But let’s get back to what The Hangover’s spin-doctors want us to believe. Is this truly an “Epic Conclusion” to The Hangover Trilogy? Well, it isn’t. It isn’t Epic nor is it a “final conclusion” and I predict we will see a fourth installment in the years to come.
That being said, The Hangover III did not disappoint it was really enjoyable and at times even managed to make the entire theatre laugh in unison. If you’re not into Leonardo di Caprio or Science Fiction then The Hangover III is probably your best bet if you’re looking for a movie that the whole family will enjoy on a rainy bank holiday weekend.
The Hangover 3 is in UK theaters now!
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The latest instalment of booze-fulled mayhem and its after-effects is here! Directed by Todd Phillips and starring Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong & John Goodman, The Hangover III is released May 24th.
This time, there’s no wedding and no bachelor party. What could go wrong, right? When the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off.
Check out the trailer below!
Director Todd Philips follow-up to the unbelievably successful Hangover is a re-imagining of the Steve Martin– John Candy classic: Planes, Trains and Automobiles. But this time itâ€™s Robert Downey Jr and Zach Galafanakis taking the main leads. Due Date is a Road trip comedy Â as most of Todd Philipsâ€™ filmography where Robert Downey, who plays a grumpy architect, needs to get to his wifeâ€™s delivery room in time for the birth of his first son. But that is until his paths cross with Ethan, a hapless wanna-be actor travelling to LA, a man who has quirks galore.
No matter what the publicity machine says, Due Date is certainly not the funniest movie of the year. I would go as far as to say it only has a handful of jokes. I think I counted 5.
There is a general consensus that Robert Downey Junior is awesome in everything he does but in Due Date he is relegated to playing the straight man to the quirky Galafanakis who plays his usual self with some added campiness that is never directly addressed. Ethan (ZG) wants to go to â€œHollywoodâ€ to work in Two and a Half Men which is his favorite show and he carries a masturbating dog in his handbag.
There are quite a few gags set up that go nowhere and the comedic beats are very uneven. Some jokes start off as moderately entertaining but end up with a melodramatic punch line which just leaves the audience confused. Even the cameos from the likes of Danny McBride (Kenny Powers from Eastbound and Out) have no real pay off.
After the initial ruckus on the flight, the duo land up near the Mexican border playing on some themes from recent news stories i.e. paranoia of airline security or hardened stance on Mexican immigration but the writers have chosen to go for gross out moments instead of trying to say anything of relevance or funny.
The movie relies on the chemistry between the leads and the main leads are clearly enjoying themselves unfortunately this is not the case for the audience leaving. The remaining cast members are Â un-etched characters. Michele Monaghan plays the exact same role as the bride in the Hangover which is screaming on the phone and asking where Downey Jrâ€™s character is and why he isnâ€™t arrived where he was supposed to.
The one positive I did take from the movie is that Galafankis is a competent dramatic actor especially in a few scenes where he has to show heart and doesnâ€™t hide behind they quirkiness and weirdness. Too bad the audience wasnâ€™t expecting this and laughed when they maybe werenâ€™t intended to. (but then again who am I to judge when you should or should not laugh)
You will forget everything about Due Date the moment you leave the theaters and maybe thatâ€™s for the best.
Go watch Planes, Trains and Automobiles or even Between Two Ferns Zach Galafanakis webseries in you want more laughs!
- ‘Due Date’: The Reviews Are In! (mtv.com)
- The Hangover Director Todd Phillips on His New Film, Due Date (time.com)
- Movie Review – Due Date (***1/2) (chicagonow.com)