The Hangover Part III
The Hangover Part III, 2013, USA
What did I watch? Let me tell you: The Hangover Part III will serve as a warning for what Hollywood greed looks like. This movie came about only because of the success of the first and second Hangover films. The first one was a delightful and hilarious surprise – the second one was a lame retread of the first one. The third one was a bizarre mess.
Alan (Zach Galifianakis) is off his medication, which causes a freeway pileup and the unfortunate decapitation of a giraffe. After an intervention, Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Doug (Justin Bartha) agree to transport Alan to a treatment centre. But while they’re on their journey, they’re kidnapped by Marshall (John Goodman) and ‘Black Doug’ (Mike Epps). Marshall is a mob leader and needs the Wolfpack’s help to find Chow (Ken Jeong), who stole $21 million in gold bars from Marshall. Since Alan is the only one who has been in touch with Chow, it’s up to the Wolfpack to find Chow.
I’ll give director and co-writer Todd Phillips some credit: it’s certainly not a retread of the first two films. But there are really no drunken hijinks, and it’s a Hangover film in name and characters only. The problem with this film is that the “high impact” characters of Alan and Chow are greatly overused. These are characters that are brilliant in small doses, but who also quickly wear out their welcome. They’re very, very annoying.
The Hangover Part III also isn’t any fun. There are funny moments, for sure, but it feels more like a thriller in tone. But – it doesn’t even do thriller correctly: I never felt any fear for the characters, and there were no tense moments. So it’s stuck in this messed up middle ground between comedy and thriller. Where’s the debauchery? Where are the poor choices?
This sequel never should have been made. I felt bad for the talented cast, all of whom were presumably forced into doing it by their contracts. Everyone involved in this film is better than this dreck. But the powers that be saw that The Hangover was a cash cow and milked it dry; sullying the original, which was a legitimately good film. It’s really a shame.
I strongly urge you not to waste your time watching this. Preserve your good memories of The Hangover, and avert your eyes. The Hangover Part III is 100 minutes I can never get back. Sure, I giggled a few times, but the laughs felt hollow, and I felt dirty for even watching it. Sadly, as long as films are successful, there will be poorly advised sequels. Which film will be the next victim of this terrible trend?