#REVIEW: “THE HANGOVER PART III”
There’s no Bachelor Party, no Wedding nor Vacation planned, but how is it yet again that our beloved Wolfpack still manage to find themselves in deep trouble? This third and final Installment of The Hangover Franchise has plenty of surprises in store for Fans, but those expecting the boisterousness of its Predecessors, will be in for a surprise. Furthermore, Fans of Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong) at long last get their wish of a full-sized serving of him.
The Hangover Part III is a Testament to being careful whom you associate with and Alan‘s (Zach Galifianakis) continued Friendship with Chow implicates not only him, but Phil (Bradley Cooper) and Stu (Ed Helms) too as hardened Gangster Marshall (John Goodman) learns about their ties (albeit distant) with one another. With Chow on-the-run with millions in stolen gold from Marshall‘s home, the Wolfpack must successfully locate Chow, bringing him to Marshall and soon they find themselves on an extremely time-sensitive Adventure which takes them from Mexico all the way to Las Vegas.
Although many will have their opinions about The Hangover Part III being “too serious”, Director/Writer Todd Phillips makes some interesting and perhaps necessary choices, digging a bit deeper into the mind of Alan and his eccentricities. Staying true to the Formula of Comedy, there always should be an element of Love and we get exactly that with the arrival of Pawn Store Frontwoman Cassie (Melissa McCarthy), who manages to steal the few scenes in which she appears with Alan. Their quirky chemistry is undeniable and highly electric. We even witness his growth spiritually, being reunited with Baby Carlos/Tyler (Grant Holmquist) in a bit of a tender moment. All Boys must grow-up at some point and we are touched with a feeling of hope in his transition.
At once, we discover a subdued side to the often flamboyant and volatile Chow which aren’t seen in the first two Films. He is a Lonely Soul and logistically this works as a driving force in his impulsive drive for thrill. Overall, we get closure to some unanswered questions here about who he is on a personal level and he too grows into himself, like Alan. Contrary to what the Trilogy’s most core Following might expect, this works on many levels a fitting End to what has been a wild ride.
The laughs certainly still are there even with a noticeable tonal shift, but The Hangover Part III certainly won’t leave Fans thirsty; Warner Bros. releases today.
Read our Chat with Ken Jeong right here.