The Hangover Part III Movie Review
THE HANGOVER PART III catches up with the Wolf Pack as they host an intervention to convince Alan (Zach Galifinakis) to receive help from a facility in Arizona called New Horizons after the death of Sid, Alan and Tracy’s father. En route the Pack is attacked and run off the road by a mobster, Marshall, who blames Doug’s Vegas bachelor party for setting certain items into motion. Doug (Justin Bartha) is held hostage and Stu (Ed Helms), Phil (Bradley Cooper), and Alan (Zach Galifinakis) must hunt down Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong) and get the gold he stole from Marshall (John Goodman). In what can only be described as disappointing, the final installment in the franchise is unfulfilling and tries too hard to return to the fresh laughs found in the original.
What ever happened to the bewildered guys who attempted to piece together their wildly drunken night while searching their missing friend in THE HANGOVER? With all the outrageously zany turn of events these guys face, now they just spew out a few f-bombs and accept the task at hand. No phone calls to wives to let them know things have not gone as planned or that the trip will take longer than anticipated.
There are moments that are funny, but mostly the jokes feel forced and dated. It’s frustrating because the movie seems to have turned into the Alan and Chow Show preying on their antics to create laughs instead of going for organically funny reactions from those characters as seen in the first flick. It felt like Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms phoned it in for this one, accepting the backseat position to Galifinakis and Jeong.
Pulling in characters from the original film like Black Doug (Mike Epps) and Jade (Heather Graham) did not seem necessary, except to conveniently tie pieces back in hopes of reminding audiences that there once was an innovative and funny film that took place in Vegas.
The saving grace to this film is the addition of Melissa McCarthy as Cassie, a Pawn Shop owner in Vegas. She reacts perfectly to Galifinakis’ character and the moments they share the screen together are golden. Though her screen time is brief, it is memorable and the filmmakers should have taken note with other supporting characters like Chow that more is not always better, sometimes it is just more. Do we really need to hear Chow singing karaoke?
If you have seen any of the trailers for this picture, you’ve seen the bulk of the funny moments sprinkled thorughout this overly long movie. The pacing was painfully slow, perhaps it was edited that way so the audience would be desperate for a laugh by the time something funny would happen again. Overall, the story is lacking any real charisma or punch that it so desperately needs, the pacing is off, the laughs are canned and the acting is mediocre. Skip this one.