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Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Review: THE HANGOVER PART III (2013)

Alan, my god... I didn't know you're into guy who has fetish for lollipops.
A few chuckles here and there, but THE HANGOVER PART III is mostly stale and unfunny "comedy" that feels like a bad leftover.
 

For the record, I always thought that the first HANGOVER was overrated. And then came the inferior sequel, THE HANGOVER PART II, which was basically more of the same formula. But at least, those two HANGOVER movies have its fair share of outrageous fun and entertaining cast. Finally, here's the so-called "epic finale to the HANGOVER trilogy" which is -- surprise! surprise! -- neither particularly outrageous or fun. Instead, THE HANGOVER PART III feels strangely subdued at which returning director Todd Phillips takes different path this time around. How different, you say? Phillips is daring enough to ditch its very premise that originally shaped the success of the first two HANGOVER movies -- the concept of hangover itself. What's left here is nothing more than an uninspired B-grade action caper.

WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?

In this third and final HANGOVER movie, the insane Asian crime kingpin Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong) has managed to escape from a Bangkok prison and he's now on the loose. Meanwhile, 42-year-old Alan (Zach Galifianakis) is having a bad time after he caused a media uproar for causing a freeway accident involving a pet giraffe and his father (Jeffrey Tambor) has tragically suffered from heart attack. Alan's mother (Sondra Currie) is worried about Alan's increasingly unstable mental condition and decided to stage an intervention. With the help of his brother-in-law Doug (Justin Bartha) and best buddies Phil (Bradley Cooper) and Stu (Ed Helms), they manage to convince Alan to check into a rehab in Arizona. And so their highway journey begins, only to be subsequently run off the road by a group of pig-masked thugs. Apparently it was the work of a crime boss named Marshall (John Goodman), who wants them to lure Chow out of hiding at all cost. Marshall kidnaps Doug and threatens to shoot him in the head if they fail to bring him Chow. That's not all -- Marshall wants Chow so bad because he has stole a truckload of gold bricks belongs to him.

THE GOOD STUFF
 
At the very least, the three principal cast -- Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and especially Zach Galifianakis -- remain reasonably entertaining to root at, even though they are no longer as fun as they used to be in the first two HANGOVER movies. In one of the subplots, the brief scene between Galifianakis and Melissa McCarthy (who plays a pawn shop owner) has a surprisingly tender moment rarely seen in the HANGOVER movie before.


MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT(S)
  
The post-credit brief scene where it (finally) shows the aftermath of a hangover -- among them has to do with Stu and a certain body surgery.

THE BAD STUFF
  
Todd Phillips' direction is lazy and lackluster, while his script co-written with Craig Mazin, is mostly witless and dreary at best. Even most of the profanity-filled humor feels uninspired and repetitive. That supposedly crude joke about a pet giraffe gets accidentally decapitated at the highway? Well, I have tough time trying to laugh at that either. Then there's Ken Jeong, who becomes the main focus of a HANGOVER movie for the first time. It's not that he is unfunny, but his character somehow works fine when he is just a minor role in the first two HANGOVER movies. However, the expansion of his character feels significantly annoying this time around.

FINAL WORDS

I'm a mother father gentleman...

Frankly, I'm glad that THE HANGOVER series is finally over with THE HANGOVER PART III. It looks obvious that this third and final installment was made for the sake of attempting to cash-in the brand popularity rather than coming up a worthwhile entry at all. This one is strictly for die-hard fans.


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