Wednesday, December 18, 2013

DVD Review: The Hangover Part III

The Wolf Pack takes their final bow.
 
Alan (Zach Galifianakis) has gone off his meds, and off the deep end following his father's death. His brother-in-law Doug (Justin Bartha) and his reluctant "friends" Phil (Bradley Cooper) and Stu (Ed Helms) offer to drive him to a rehabilitation facility in Arizona. They are intercepted by Marshall (John Goodman) who wants revenge against Mr. Chow. (Ken Jeoung) Chow's recently broken out of prison, and he stole a bunch of gold from Marshall. He thinks Alan is the only one who can get him Chow since he's the only one he's communicated with. He takes Doug as collateral, and Alan, Stu, and Phil are off on yet another crazy adventure.
 
I actually appreciate how deep they dug into the Marshall/Chow story. Seriously, most sequels/series do less to make the new conflicts relevant. This one, Todd Phillips actually went back to an offhanded remark Black Doug (Mike Epps) made in the first film to tie this all together. I applaud the effort.
 
I also enjoyed the fact that this wasn't a carbon copy of the original like Part II was. This one, wacky at times didn't stick to the same formula and was still full of laughs. Although it was a little too Chow heavy for me. Part III never had to be funnier than the original. That will never happen, but I still think it was enjoyable way to end the series. I almost missed the "crazy picture montage" at the end, even though no one surprisingly got drugged in this film.
 
Recommended: Yes
 
Grade: B-
 
Memorable Quote: "You should take your shirt off. I heard it's easier." - Mr. Chow (Ken Jeoung)

8 comments:

  1. I haven't seen this one yet, I'm not really inclined to, I read somewhere it's more drama than comedy and that sounds like and odd thing to do with this franchise.

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    1. I can see that with the beginning. The start of the movie is definitely a little more drama.

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  2. he Hangover III takes a brave approach departure from the rest of the series, but stands as being uninspired and unfunny. They should have just stopped at The Hangover. If only what happened in Vegas had stayed in Vegas.

    Wasn't a fan unfortunately.

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    1. They definitely should've stopped at one. I'm sure they had no plans for a sequel at all until word of mouth got around about how funny this was.

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  3. Good review Brittani. I hate to say it, but I disliked this movie very much. I'm all for a movie changing itself up in terms of expectations and tone, but this was a bit much for me as it brought nothing to the table. No laughs, no development, no heart and worst of all, no enjoyment whatsoever.

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    1. It definitely isn't as funny as the first, but I know I'm in the minority by not hating it. But you're right, it didn't really bring anything to the table.

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  4. I actually like both of the previous films, so I should check this one out. Gotta finish the trilogy. :)

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Keep it real.