When it comes to The Hangover series, I had seen, and mildly enjoyed, the first film. I had avoided the second, because let’s face it, it basically had an identical plot to the first one, but set in Asia. But when given the opportunity to attend a screening for Part Three, I decided to give it another chance, and I’m glad I did.
The Hangover Part III surprised me immensely. It was hilarious, engaging, and a fantastic circular end to the film. Actual film critics I’m sure will be pointing out everything that’s wrong with it, but as a teenager, I found it to be thoroughly enjoyable.
A slight deviation from the typical Hangover storyline of waking up after a huge night and finding yourself in a crisis, this time the Wolf Pack finds themselves taking Alan to rehab when their car is ambushed. Doug is kidnapped, and they have three days to find Leslie Chow, or Doug dies.
Their trip takes them to Tijuana, and of course, back to Vegas, to Caesar’s Palace where it all began.
My personal favourite moment of the film was Leslie Chow (played by Ken Jeong, who is also Chang in Community) singing Hurt by Nine Inch Nails (or, if you’re me, Johnny Cash) at a Karaoke bar. Seriously, it was cinematic brilliance.
Other great moments include the reintroduction of Carlos, Alan singing at the funeral, and the giraffe scene (although, my roomie who came to the screening with me and who studies Veterinary bioscience gave me a lecture on animal cruelty when I told her it was funny).
Zach Galifianakis honestly deserves all of the awards for his portrayal of Alan, and if you don’t simultaneously cringe and die laughing at the lollipop scene with Melissa McCarthy, there’s something wrong with you. He was the definite standout of the movie, although, is he ever not?!
I’m a sucker for endings, and the final moments of The Hangover Part Three may or may not have had me tearing up. It was a perfect ending to a questionable series that will undeniably be remembered for a long time.
There was, of course, the obligatory mid-credits bonus scene that proves the Wolf Pack will never move on. Bonus Ken Jeong nudity, if you’re into that kind of thing.
All in all, if you’re after an Oscar winning masterpiece, The Hangover Part Three will leave you extremely disappointed. If you’re looking for some laughs and a memorable goodbye to characters you’ve grown to love, it will definitely be worth your money.
The Hangover Part III is in Australian cinemas from tomorrow, Thursday 23rd of May 2013, through Roadshow films.
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