Movie review: Hangover 3 – The symptoms are bad!
You know how an awesome party is right? After everyone is in, the booze is out, the music is blaring and you are having one hell of a time. Consider that as Part 1 of this franchise. Then you are kind off blacked out – the part where you don’t actually remember what really happened – that was part 2. And finally the morning after, where you get up with a headache and with a heightened feeling of depression – that’s part 3. Director/Screenwriter Todd Phillips seem to be hung-over from his previous films. It’s an attempt to bring to an end what he started in 2009. But it is clear that when he made the first film, he did not have the faintest idea that it would be such a big hit and he would have to make sequels.
So what’s it about?
Well, if you had seen Part 2, you would know that the 2nd film was in itself a stretch because the trick was old. The freshness, of a blackout and its consequences, was lost. But still, the characters were weird enough, the circumstances bizarre and the comedy black! The Director stays away from the formula this time, coz frankly no one wants to see the same thing thrice.
This time, Mr.Chow (Ken Jeong) is the central character. You see him escape from a maximum security prison in Bangkok to come back to the U.S of A. The wolf pack, unaware of this development, is trying to get Mr. Alan ( Zach Galifianakis) on his feet. Alan is a 42 year old man, living off his father. So Phil (Brad Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Doug (Justin Bartha) decide to intervene and take him to a place where he would learn to live alone. But, alas their journey is cut short and a gangster called Marshall (John Goodman) kidnaps Doug. The price for getting Doug back is Chow. The wolf pack then sets out on a not so bizarre adventure to nab Chow.
There’s something about the over-the-top nature of the characters that still works, especially the equation between Mr.Chow and Alan. Zach Galifianakis blurts out bizarre punch-lines with such a straight face that you can’t control a small titter! And then there is the goofball action, which though not too heavy on pyrotechnics, is entertaining because of the awkwardness of the characters. But that’s about it, so it helps that the film is just 100 minutes long.
As I said earlier, the original hangover formula is thankfully not used in this film. But that paradoxically is also its downfall. This film is not “Hangover”, just that its characters are the same and the story somehow stitched together. Also, it’s too focussed on Alan and Mr.Chows antics. Chow gets increasingly irritating and Alan dumb. Brad and Ed try hard to counter this, but sadly have very tame parts to play. The jokes are not really thought through and seem like a copy of a copy ala Kya Super Cool Hai Hum! Plus, the madness of the plot is missing. Though there are some good twists, it’s nowhere near the original film. Also, it seems like a confused mix between Comedy and Action, which is epitomized by the patchy background score.
And now the question: To Watch or Not to Watch?
If you are fan of the franchise, you might as well watch it. Somehow you will feel happy in the end, because it has finally come to an end. The equity of the franchise has dropped and you would not want it to go southwards any further. Alas, the party has ended, the headache and exhaustion has kicked in, and the symptoms are bad.
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