The Hangover Part III - Review

After the trainwreck and shameless copy-and-paste rip-off of the original, Hangover Part II, nobody, not even fans of the original, demanded a third entry into this franchise.
Whereas the first Hangover was a great surprise hit when it came out, Hangover Part II essentially told the exact same story with the exact same plot. With only some variables changed, like a monkey instead of a tiger, it can be undoubtedly defined as a cash-grab.
Now, that Hangover Part III is supposedly the end to the "Hangover trilogy story", do the producers and screenwriters of this unwanted sequel put some effort and new ideas in it? Or is it just as much of a waste of time as its predecessor?  

The plot:
In the aftermath of the death of Alan's father, the wolfpack decide to get Alan (Zach Galifianakis) treatment for his mental issues. But things start to go wrong on the way to the hospital as the wolfpack is assaulted by gangsters and Doug (Justin Bartha) is kidnapped. Now they must find Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong) again to surrender him to the gangster boss Marshall (John Goodman) in order to save Doug.
(source: IMDb)

Going one step further than what Hangover Part II started, Part III of the Hangover trilogy deviates even more from its previously aimed genre...comedy.
Hangover Part III is not exactly a comedy. It's plot and setting are comparable to Part II and with that far more dark and serious than what the franchise originally started as.
Instead of a movie about the wolfpack finding themselves in yet again another hangover, where they have to find out what the hell happened, this time it's all about a big chase after an annoying Asian guy.

With several out of nowhere plot points of a forced in background story, Part III is not a comedy but more of a standard pseudo-thriller...and not even a good one. The general chase after Mr. Chow is generally kept very boring and unimaginative with plot points and twists that you can see coming a mile away.
The light twisty-turny plot is obviously designed to replace the missing hangover-plot line, which was filled with comedic clues about the lost night. Yet, this new thriller style plot direction of Part III falls very flat and offers absolutely nothing new and for very boring to actually follow.
Involving gangsters, people getting killed and NO ACTUAL HANGOVER AT ALL makes the audience really wonder why this movie actually even exists or why it's even part of the franchise.

From top to flop!

Additionally, making Alan's issue treatment a plot point might be a good idea to start with, but considering how it immediately got shoved aside and turned into a mini-subplot in the final movie, shows that this idea wasn't evolved into anything substantial after all.  
The Hangover franchise is a prime example of a movie series that went deeper and deeper into an identity crsis with every sequel.

Furthermore, the movie yet still tries to blend in some comedy to please fans. Unfortunately, the comedic moments in Part III are mostly so far apart from each other and so incredibly unfunny, unnecesserily dark and forced that you can actually see how the screenwriters completely ran out of ideas and just threw everything mindless at the screen to see what sticks.
Every joke in Part III is either focused on the franchise's mascot Alan or Mr. Chow.

While Alan's uninspired and lame jokes are the biggest indicator of the series running out of steam, it is a mystery to me why such an annoying and unfunny character like Mr. Chow gets such a big presence in this sequel. "Drug jokes, whore jokes, i am crazy laugh at me!" is the gist of EVERYTHING this character says. Something's seriously wrong with your movie if the audience wants one of the main characters they should laugh at rather have dead in the corner.


Part III is all about Mr. Chow and Alan...but how do the other members of the wolfpack do?

Bradley Cooper as Phil once more represents the most sane and down-to-earth character of the bunch and does good in that regard. Simultaneously though, his "normal" character in this uninspiredly scripted sequel makes Bradley Cooper's performance seem out of place in a way. Alan's stupid, unfunny utterings from one side and an unbarably annoying Asian guy yelling from the other made me think that Cooper himself probably asked himself why the hell he didn't rather focus on serious movies.

Ed Helms previously pretty funny character from the original has been almost completely ditched aside. He may be present in most scenes, but mostly for "physical presence" rather than for plot- or comedic importance.

John Goodman as gangster boss Marshall does the most solid job next to Cooper. With that said, his character turns out to have some funny tweaks that just haven't been shown in their full comedic extent. Another missed potential of the few in Hangover Part III.

The rest of the cast represent supporting characters with mostly plot-focussed purposes:
Justin Bartha as the fourth member of the wolfpack, Doug, once again (big surprise) plays the lost friend to be found. Although this time he is rather kidnapped than actually lost, it's still a shameless rip-off of the previous movies' formula that give Justin Bartha noting to act with and just put him into the role of the damsel in distress.
Lastly, cameo roles like the one-scene-appearance of Heather Graham or Melissa McCarthy's role as Alan's love interest Cassie are easily forgotten in an overall very forgettable flick.

Go home, movie. You're sober.

All in all, Hangover Part III is just as big of a disappointment as Part II if not even more.
Just like Part II, it's a shameless cash-grab of a movie that simply furthermore shows how the producers tried to replicate (or in this case rebrand) the success and ideas of the original despite having absolutely NOTHING new to expand it into a trilogy with substance.
Trying to be more of a lame pseudo-thriller rather than a full-on comedy doesn't help to cover the fact that the franchise completely ran out of steam and should die.
Even if you remotely dig its pseudo-thriller-chase-story or its minor slight glimpses of potential, in the end you will not get over the fact that you wasted your time on this aimless movie and that it had nothing funny nor exciting to actually entertain you with.    

Final Verdict: 2 out of 10 

1 comment:

  1. If they were trying to be funny, they didn't succeed. However, if they weren't trying to be, they definitely still succeeded. Nice review.