For the third and last time Todd Philips brings another adventure with the Wolfpack. But this time there isn’t necessarily a ‘hangover’.
The film follows the journey of Phil (Bradely Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) on search for the recently escaped prisoner Lesley Chow (Ken Jeong). With Marshall (John Gooodman) and Black Doug (Mike Epps) constantly on their back, the wolfpack are restricted with time and have a mission to accomplish. Of course their journey isn’t that simple. Their road is bombarded with a Giraffe, Caesars palace and a whole lot of gold blocks. But will they find Chow at the end? Or will they end up losing everything they had?
The Hangover part III isn’t exactly incredible nor consisted of the huge build up we were all anticipating. In simpler terms it’s a fun film with an average plot. A few memorable moments here and there, but definitely nothing compared to the first two. Indeed, the first two films were by far better than the third, whereby honestly speaking, I was slightly disappointed with the latest. There was too much noise, traffic and less of a consistent plot. The film lost their focus halfway and the ending wasn’t satisfying. Though, the climax twist at the beginning was surprisingly entertaining, where it had us all fooled.
Did the Wolfpack live up to their performance?
Well, on a lighter note the pack were great. Alan predictably brought his weird yet different persona to the table. His childlike behavior and strange gestures were hugely pulled through the script. With the film focusing on Alan, we began to learn more about him as a person and were carried alongside his journey.
Likewise, Doug (even though we didn’t see much of him), Stuart and of course Phil were terrific. Although the plot was all over the place, each of them fulfilled their roles and held up a strong performance. Their true friendship and teamwork (as you may call it) was profoundly entertaining.
Lesely chow had a great deal of screen time in this film. His extreme comedy and wired persona was reinforced through his sly tricks. The more we saw him, the more irritating he became. Chow’s dialogue became this mundane banter, gradually becoming pure nonsense.
Overall, The Hangover part III was focused on a mission. One focus, one person to find. However, as simple as it sounds, the plot was unnecessarily complex, adding way too many characters in and thus increasing the duration. Instead of living up to this epic adventure, the film trailed off onto a search plan and became predictable. Even though we were given a new side of adventure, I believe Philips should have sticked to giving us a hangover.
My rating: 6/10
Written by: Meera Darji