Movie Review: Hangover Part II

Posted: May 31, 2011 in movie reviews, movies

First thought that came to mind after Hangover 2? “Well…that happened.” This sequel was far inferior to its successor, mainly because it was exactly like the first – only darker. It was less a comedy, than it was an amusing mystery movie with funny moments.

 

Hangover Part II

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Paul Giamatti, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong

Premise: “It happened again,” – Phil (Bradley Cooper). And that it did, beat for beat, in fact. This time, Stu (Ed Helms) is getting married and the Wolf Pack heads to beautiful Thailand for the celebration. Phil wants to go all out for the bachelor party, but Stu is taking no chances. He doesn’t want a repeat of what happened in Vegas. Once in Thailand, Alan (Zach Galifianakis) devises a plan to get rid of his nemesis, Stu’s fiancé’s little brother, the adorably dimpled, Teddy (Ang Lee’s son, Mason). Only the plan backfires and the Wolf Pack wakes up confused and in the slums of Bangkok searching for the teenager as well as the memory of the night. Oh, and there’s a monkey.

My Review: This movie wasn’t completely terrible…but I guess that’s not what you hope to hear when you put out a movie. It made an impressive $105.8 Million dollars in 4 days, for a reason: because the first one was So. Damn. Good.

This one definitely had its issues. First, why didn’t Justin Bartha have a bigger part in this movie? It’s as if the movie makers hate the dude. He always gets left out of the fun stuff. It would have been nice to have him play along. Secondly, getting the cast lost in the slums of Bangkok isn’t actually the best place to hold a comedy. The movie got dark…like really dark. See, Vegas has strippers, and gambling, and drunken debauchery, and weird characters. That’s funny. Bangkok has FBI, and drug cartels, and fingers getting chopped off, and kidnappings, and drug OD’s, and phrases such as “Bangkok has him now” – not exactly comedic material there. Sure, throw in a monkey and some penis jokes and you can make anything funny. But with the central plot being the Wolf Pack trying to find a 17 year old in the slums, this movie was more like a funny mystery, rather than a comedy.

I also felt this movie took everything one step too far. Okay, I get it, it’s a sequel, meaning you want to one up its predecessor. But seriously, you take a good kid, an aspiring doctor and excellent cello player and have him cut off his own finger with a knife? That kid will never be able to do any of those things he wanted to do. I know, I know, I’m taking this movie too seriously. It’s just hard to see how this movie, in reality, would have ended so happily. Plus if that’s what I’m thinking about during the movie, then there’s obviously something wrong.

What did I like about this movie? The wedding was beautiful.  If it’s possible, that’s exactly how I want my wedding to look. The set designers went all out for that set. Also, I thought Ken Jeong did an excellent job with his movie. At times he was over the top, but other times he had these very funny, blink-and-you’ll-miss side comments that were hilarious. I also liked the chemistry between Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper, and Zach Galifianakis. They play off each other really well and it’s what made the first Hangover so successful.

 

Random Thoughts:

  • Like: The way Ed Helms says, “Just give us your f-ing blessing!”
  • I want those flying lanterns at my wedding and lights floating in the pool. Beautiful!
  • Like: The kids version of the Wolf Pack, and the fact that the Teddy character was still the same age in that version.
  • I don’t know about you, but if I lost a finger, I’d be freaking out.
  • When Lauren (Jamie Chung) hugged Stu when he returned, all I kept thinking was, doesn’t he stink? How would you be able to hug him?
  • How is it that Justin Bartha got a “with” in the beginning credits when he was in the movie for a total of 5 minutes.
  • Like: Ed Helms’ girlish screams.
Overall, I hope when the inevitable Hangover Part 3 happens they find a more creative way to have their blackout. Good effort, but I think if they changed up the plot a bit it would have been a more successful movie. Plus no one likes it when movies get dark. That’s just not funny.

My Rating: 2 ½ stars. 

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Comments
  1. Hey there,

    Glad you liked the wishlanterns in The Hangover 2. Shameless plug but if your after any for your own party check out http://www.wishlantern.com or join the FB page where we have pre-releases as well as the occassional freebie or discount. 🙂

    Cheers
    Dave
    Wishlantern USA

  2. joe says:

    What does “Bangkok has him now” means?

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