The Hangover Part III
Let me tell you something about myself during my years in college. In early 2009, I was attending a community college in order to improve my GPA so that I can make a better transition into a university. I had just gotten into the school I wanted to go. But I asked myself if I my years of studying at this small school were worthwhile. I certainly benefited academically, but being that I kept myself pretty focused, I had closed all doors that could have spawned potential friendships. Maybe it was the perfectionist inside of me, but I felt uncomfortable exposing myself to a sudden new crowd of people that I had never met. Not many people from high school were there, so I had to decide whether or not it was worth it to make contact.
One of my classes was actually a production of Little Shop of Horrors, and I was kind of forced to connect with the rest of the actors and crew. At the time I felt better with telling people about myself. But it wasn’t until our second to last night of rehearsals that we decided to have a party. I took a few people in my car and we drove to a trailer park where one of the students lived. He had put his party on Craigslist (stupid) and about seventy other people were there. Even in that small environment, a lot of chaos was occurring from binge drinking to a lot of drugs going around. I felt that everything so was crazy, that I left without taking anyone I came with home. Eventually the party becomes dark and more horrifying then such.
This is how I felt after viewing The Hangover Part III.
Supposedly the finale of The Hangover franchise, it does the right thing by not following the formula of the first two. There’s no bachelor party. There no night of forbidden dreams. It’s actually a very different route.
The wolfpack is back with Phil (played by Bradley Cooper), Stu (played by Ed Helms) and Doug (played by Justin Bartha) as they decide that Alan (played by Zach Galifianakis) needs help with his mental issues. They drive through the Arizona dessert to get Allen to the mental hospital that could help him, but are sidelined when a truck drives them off the road and kidnaps them. The guy in the truck is a drug lord named Marshall (played by John Goodman) who is looking for Leslie Chow (played by Ken Jeong). Marshall takes Doug as insurance and demands that the wolfpack finds Leslie in three days, or their friend will be killed. Phil, Stu, and Alen set of on another adventure that takes them to Tijuana and back to Las Vegas to end everything that they started.
I’ll start by saying I was very disappointed in the second movie for just doing the same thing as the first movie; getting the guys drunk again and making them find someone. The Hangover Part III actually goes into an interesting drug lord story that makes me wonder if this was all planned right from the start. It all seems to be ready for the guys to go nuts and wild. I was prepared to have a fun time, yet this movie lacks all of that. What surprises me more then anything is that there aren’t that many jokes (and the ones I did see, I couldn’t figure our if it was funny or horrifying). The focus here seems to be getting the men back to their normal lives by the end. Where’s the development?
What I can’t figure out is exactly whose story this is and who changed. The movie opens with Alan claiming he’s gone nuts since he’s gotten off his medication, yet he was constantly making crazy decisions in the previous two movies. The rest of the wolfpack seems to go home without having learned anything in the years they’ve been together.
What disappoints me the most is the lack of insanity. For the last Hangover movie, I was really expecting them to see how far they could push the boundaries of their comedy. I waited and waited, but the movie kept itself locked in to it’s scenario of finding Leslie. Even when they go to Tijuana, I expected the best jokes from this craphole of a town, yet I found most of it boring. And that’s the key problem, boring. As I watched this boring story unfold and end, I kept wishing for the old formula back. At least the end credits scene goes back to it and cops out the only funny moments.
I’ll give this two sets of cockfighting chickens out of five. The Hangover Part III may have tried going into a darker territory, but it throws out a lot of jokes to tell a story I honestly couldn’t care about. It’s time to really end this and let these guys sober up, so that they can move on.