Review: The Hangover Part III

It’s been two years. Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Doug (Justin Bartha) are happily living uneventful lives at home. Tattoos have been lasered off, files purged. The last they heard from disaster-magnet Leslie Chow (Ken Jeong), he’d been tossed into a Thai prison and, with him out of the way, the guys have very nearly recovered from their nights prowling the seamy side of Las Vegas in a roofie’d haze, and being kidnapped, shot at, and chased by drug- dealing mobsters in Bangkok.

The only member of the Wolfpack who’s not content is Alan (Zach Galifianakis). Still lacking a sense of purpose, the group’s black sheep has ditched his meds and given in to his natural impulses in a big way-which, for Alan, means no boundaries, no filters and no judgment-until a personal crisis forces him to finally seek the help he needs.

And who better than his three best friends to make sure he takes the first step. This time, there’s no bachelor party. No wedding. What could possibly go wrong? But when the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off.

“The Hangover Part III” is the epic conclusion to an incomparable odyssey of mayhem and bad decisions, in which the guys must finish what they started by going back to where it all began: Las Vegas.

One way or another…it all ends here.

The Hangover Part III is so funny that you’ll still be laughing long after you’ve left the cinema. It didn’t go along the same lines as the first two films. But the Wolfpack proved that they didn’t need Alan to drug them for everything to turn into chaos.

At the beginning, I thought I’d walked into the wrong film. It starts of in a jail where all of the prisoners are rioting. But I should’ve known it was the work of Leslie Chow. He has gotten funnier and even more evil as the films have gone on.

As all of the characters have grown up, Alan stands out even more as the crazy character. But he does slowly pull Stu and Phil back into his madness, and of course they lose Doug again. The writers must have been peeing themselves laughing when they wrote this script – I almost was. There are some hilarious lines, but I have to admit that the actual storyline isn’t as good as the first two films. They could never top the first one anyway.

We get to see some of the characters from previous films. Alan, Stu and Phil have to turn to Jade, the prostitute from the first film for help. Then there’s a touching moment between Alan and baby Carlos (now Tyler).

Also there’s a slightly disturbing scene involving Alan, and lollypop and his new love interest. I’ll never get sick of seeing Stu dry heaving!

As well as laughing through most of the film, there are moments where I wanted to shout at the screen (in fact I may have). If you’ve watched the advert, you’ll remember seeing Alan taking a photo of Phil while he’s hanging off the roof on a towel rope. That scene gets even funnier, and slightly terrifying. Anyone who is scared of heights will be on the edge of their seats.

There’s so much to say about this film, but I wouldn’t want to give anything else away. Maybe The Hangover Part III isn’t quite as amazing as the first one (sequels never are). But it brings the trilogy to an end in an unexpected way, joining the films together and filling in some of the blanks. The montage  at the end brought a tear to my eye

They could have made Hangover films for years.  But I’m glad that they didn’t go down the same route as Fast and Furious and Scary Movie (sorry we’re getting a bit sick of you). The Hangover Trilogy is just long enough for a movie marathon, and still left us wanting more as good films do.

But if you haven’t seen The Hangover Part III yet, do not leave when the credits start rolling. You don’t want to miss the extra scene at the end. The image it’ll leave burned into your memory will be one you won’t forget in a long time…

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