From left, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha and Bradley Cooper in a scene from the movie The Hangover Part III.
From left, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha and Bradley Cooper in a scene from the movie The Hangover Part III. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Picture

Movie review: The Hangover Part III

WELL if there was any doubt that this franchise has nowhere left to go, the third in the comedy trilogy proves this.

Riddled with flaws and served with a side of disappointment, it is limp conclusion to the once brilliant buddy comedy.

However there is one thing you can't accuse The Hangover Part III of it is sticking to formula.

Part I and II were essentially the same movie just with a different setting.

The premise of the last two films centered on a blackout, epic hangover, often violent gross-out humor and poor Ed Helms being subjected to something vile.

Part III rejects all of this and resets. There is not even a hangover. In fact there is just one drink consumed throughout the entire film.

It is both a new beginning and a tidy conclusion to the tale of The WolfPack.

Sure it is cool to see many nods to the previous films and the revisiting and tying up loose ends of characters past is a nice touch but where is the daft and ridiculous fun? The over-the-top antics and shameful shenanigans? Isn't that what we came to see?

Leave the drama to the other guys, the Hangover should simply be mindless fun.

Director Todd Phillips hasn't made a much of a comedy here. Sure there are a few jokes but they are more scattered like sprinkles on a cake, while the rest of the movie isn't played for laughs.

It's not so much a buddy comedy but a chase and heist film.

This time around the guys find themselves confronted with some criminals of the past and forced to partake in their quest to capture Chow (Ken Jeong) and retrieve stolen gold or Doug (Justin Bartha) will be shot.

The story is a little bland and bizarre but not in a good way but the dynamic between central three Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zac Galifianakis is simply superb and a joy to watch.

They are now so gelled they operate with machine gun efficiency, bouncing off each other like ping pong balls in a professional match.

But despite some strong performances and a brilliant final scene (which really should have been the opening scene) the film is bit of a muddled mess and disappointingly unfunny.

The movie equivalent of expecting full strength beer only to find you have been jibbed with half-strength.

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The Hangover Part III

  • Stars: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, John Goodman, Melissa McCarthy
  • Director: Todd Phillips
  • Rated: MA15+
  • Verdict: Two stars

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