Saturday, June 8, 2013

The Hangover Part III review

The End. Finally.
The first Hangover movie was a surprisingly hilarious, original, and quotable movie that almost everyone loved.  The second Hangover movie was a boring, predictable, rehash of the first movie that barely anyone loved. The third Hangover movie is slightly better and funnier than the second one, which isn't saying much. The plot is the Wolfpack gets kidnapped by a pissed off mobster, played by John Goodman, because he is mad at Chow (Ken Jeong) for stealing his gold bars and wants Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), and Alan (Zach Galafianakis) to find him and the gold or else he'll kill their buddy, Doug (Justin Bartha). Where do I even start? First off, the writers in this movie must really be running out of ideas. After the incredibly unoriginal Part II, they must have been trying to crank out something slightly better, but they didn't do a good job. It's the same as all the other films under the guise of a new one. It's the same Wolfpack going to "crazy" places like Tijuana and Las Vegas (again), and of course Doug isn't with them. Poor Justin Bartha barely gets to be in any of The Hangover movies! Ed Helms is a funny comedy actor. He was great in the first Hangover film and hilarious in Cedar Rapids. He's great in The Office and in SNL but this weak script doesn't give him anything to work with. Bradley Cooper is turning into a great actor. He has an Oscar nomination for the terrific Silver Linings Playbook and he was absolutely incredible in The Place Beyond the Pines. His talent is wasted here! Zach Galafianakis is sort of playing the same character he always plays here, but he does it well. Even though the script sucks, he makes his lines bearable, even funny! Ken Jeong plays Chow. That's all he does. The same bad accent and dumb stunts as all the other movies. I usually like Jeong, but again, this movie gives him nothing to work with. Director Todd Philips is a mediocre, even bad, director. The only good movies he's done are the first Hangover and Old School. But the rest of his resume is full of crap like Project X and The Hangover Part II. This movie is pretty much part of the crap section and it's no surprise. If someone else had directed this film, it could have been fresh and really funny, instead of stale and mildly funny. It isn't all bad though. Part III has its moments. There was the occasional joke or scene that made me laugh out loud. And the great cast did what they could to make it bearable. Other then the few funny parts, it's mostly recycled jokes and dumb humor. I did come into the theater with incredibly low expectations, so I managed to have some fun, but that didn't stop the fact of it being a crappy film. The promo posters promise this movie to be "The End". I hope they're right. I give The Hangover Part III 2.4 out of 5 stars. You can follow me on Twitter @WhitsMovies and like me on Facebook at Happy Viewing.

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