The Hangover Part 3 Movie Review
The Hangover is a bona fide classic. The Hangover Part II was more of the same, funny at times but repetitive and unnecessary. And then there is The Hangover: Part III. All I can say is: what the fuck.
The third movie in the "Wolf Pack Trilogy" (can you really call one good movie and two cash-grab sequels a "trilogy"?) abandons the formula of the first two, for better or for worse. While the second movie was annoyingly predictable in the wrong ways, at least it still relished in its goofiness and absurdity. This third movie tries to tie everything together by revolving the plot around the obnoxious Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong), and in the process director Todd Phillips commits the ultimate sin:
He made a comedy that isn't funny.
Truly not funny. I laughed once during the entire film, and even then it was just a chuckle. Instead of beginning with a wedding, the movie begins with a funeral (depressing!). Instead of having the guys (Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms) stumble into zany, criminal situations, they are forced into them by a gangster (John Goodman, whose talent is wasted). And none of the situations are memorable.
Simply put, The Hangover: Part III is clear evidence that this franchise should have ended two films ago.
Cooper and Helms appear tired and uninterested in their characters, perhaps because they have accepted that the movie is once again a cash grab and nothing more. Galifianakis is the only one who seems invested in the story, primarily because his shtick is already getting old and the original Hangover may end up representing the peak of his career. Poor Justin Bartha is once again kept out of the action.
If The Hangover: Part II was an indication that the franchise was a one-trick pony, The Hangover: Part III is an absolute confirmation. Dull, forgettable and worst of all not funny, The Hangover: Part III offers more headache than humor.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.