The Hangover Part III – Film Review

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It’s been two years and the Wolfpack are back home, happily leading uneventful lives at home. The only member who ‘s not content and still lacking a sense of purpose is its very own black sheep, Alan (Zach Galifanakis). He’s ditched his medication and has given into his natural impulses in a big way! With no boundaries, no filter and no judgment, one particular stunt causes his family and friends to stage an intervention, and provide him with an opportunity to live a better life, in a better home, better suited for his needs; and who better than his best friends to help him take the first step towards this new way of life. This time, there is no bachelor party, no wedding, what could possibly go wrong? Well, when the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off!

Screen Shot 2013-05-26 at 09.23.15As final part to the trilogy, The Hangover Part III certainly closes the book in a satisfactory way. With part two receiving mediocre reviews following such a similar structure to the first film, scrutiny attacked it left, right and centre. With this film, following a straighter narrative and having no sense of reliving the hangover to beat all hangovers, this film becomes something entirely different.

Some will treat this change in direction with open arms, feeling refreshed that this money making franchise wasn’t just lazily going through the motions again and again, however others will struggle to see how this could really be called a hangover film. We all know the characters inside out by now, and we naturally reminisce the scenes that included Mike Tyson, ladyboys, tattoos and inappropriately dressed babies. It’s this that made the first and second film truly watchable and unique, and what gave it, its laughs. However, here we have very little to keep as something memorable and as a talking point to entice others to go watch the film.

Screen Shot 2013-05-26 at 09.23.39What is great about this film, is that you see Chow (Ken Jeong) really come into his own. He becomes a real focal point in this film and it’s a competition between him and Alan as to who gets the most laughs. In comparison, Phil (Bradley Cooper) Stu (Ed Helms) and Doug (Justin Bartha) really fade into the background and just support the flow of the film. There are funny moments, such as the singing at the funeral, the Ceasars Palace scene, and as always the post credits sequence. However, there is something that just doesn’t sit brilliantly about this film, and it seems less outrageous, and less enjoyable as a result.

This film will also have you reacting depending on the audience you watch it with. If you’re in a packed Odeon with hundreds of people there will always be the laughs that become infectious amongst the crowd, however, if you wait until its out on DVD and watch it home alone, you may struggle to find the funny in  any of it.

3 Stars.

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