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The epic conclusion to the trilogy of mayhem and bad decisions
Hangover 3 (DVD)
Member Name: carlz2001uk
Hangover 3 (DVD)
Advantages: Characters and cast, action, CGI, funny, last scene
Disadvantages: Mr Chow, not quite as good as previous 2
The 'Wolfpack' are back, but this time the road trip isn't a pilgrimage to drink or women, its one to take Alan to be treated for his mental health issues and bizarre behaviour. But, this is the Wolfpack we are talking about and nothing ever goes to plan. Along the way they find themselves in a whole heap of trouble and they must work together to try and find a way out of the trouble they've found themselves in.
The characters are what make this film. Alan is awkward and annoying and socially unacceptable, but he is what makes the film. The whole film centres around him and his eccentricity, while the rest of the gang work together to try and make up for Alans behaviour. Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms play second fiddle to Zach Galifianakis (Alan), however they are just as brilliant. Stu (Ed Helms) was left with his infamous face tattoo in the second instalment and he is just as unfortunate in this episode, adding to one of the funniest scenes in a movie that I have ever seen (this scene is actually after the credits so do stay a few minutes behind), which saw me crying my eyes out with laughter.
The thing that seems to have separated this instalment from the previous two is the lack of a hangover / stag do, etc. The previous two have begun with the morning after the night before and slowly divulged information to the viewer, however this last film doesn't have any of that. This is where I think some viewers have become disappointed, however the film is still very funny. Granted, its not as hilarious as the first movie which was comedy genius and would be almost impossible to match anyway, but it is still worthy of anyone's money in my opinion. Action wise, part 3 has plenty, with some excellent CGI.
The downfall for me which knocks a star off is Mr Chow. I could barely stand him in the previous film, but in part 3 he seems to make the film a little tacky and he is exceptionally annoying. Why they felt the need to add him again and give him such a major part is beyond me. The addition of John Goodman as a gangster is genius, and the return of Heather Graham and Jeffrey Tambor are nice touches.
The Hangover films need little introduction so the final instalment was eagerly anticipated, however it has received mixed reviews across the board. Following the 'Wolfpack', this toned down version offers a nice conclusion to the series, however viewers expecting replicas of the first two instalments will be left disappointed. View this film with no expectations of it and you will love it, however without the 'hangover' as such, it seems to fall just short of what we have all come to expect. After the sensational hit that it became after the original film, it has struggled to keep up with itself and this film definitely continues in that vein.
There are a few noticeable goofs, but nothing that can't be forgiven, although with a budget of $100 million you do wonder why repetition goofs were so hard to spot (watch out for Cassie provocatively biting a lolly which a second later reappears as a whole one, and the stack of towels in Caesars Palace turning into sheets!). The $15 million that each of the Wolfpack reportedly earnt for Part III no doubt eats into the budget, however with the quality of the action scenes and the CGI, I still feel that the budget was spent well. It was projected to earn $80 million in its first five days, which would have gone a long way to recoup the cost of production, but its actually been reported that they made closer to $50 million, which is no doubt a massive disappointment to the Producers when comparing with Hangover 2 which made $135 million in its opening days.
Critical reception hasn't been great with many reporters following the basis of this thought: "Director Todd Phillips delivers a film so different from the first two, I'm not even sure it's supposed to be a comedy.", and "Ditching the hangovers, the backward structure, the fleshed-out characters and any sense of debauchery or fun, this installment instead just thrusts its long-suffering protagonists into a rote chase narrative...". Well I have to disagree with both of those, yes its completely different and it doesn't offer the same hilarity that the previous two have, but it has concluded nicely and what film opening with a man with mental issues driving a sports car with a giraffe in down the freeway can be classed as dull? You decide, but do give it a try.
Summary: 4 stars. Just falls short of its full potential