Tuesday, May 31, 2011
The Hangover II review, new jokes make up for a repeat formula
The first movie followed the three main characters as they tried to find their lost friend after a night they couldn't remember. The movie took place in Las Vegas and the city was a great backdrop to the story being told. This time around, the "Wolfpack" finds themselves in a similar situation, only this time, they've lost a friend in Bangkok, Thailand. Oh no... The Hangover II.
What I liked about the film:
The Wolfpack (including the monkey)
Galifianakis steals most of the scenes again, as he did in the first film. Helms plays the paranoid panic attack very well. And the contrast to Helms is Bradley Cooper, who never seems to get phased by anything. Ken Jeong and Paul Giamatti round out some great supporting characters as well. And don't forget about the much talked about monkey. Baby Carlos has NOTHING on the cigarette smoking, drug dealing monkey in the sequel. It was cleverly worked into the film and actually served a purpose in the plot. Great!
The one-liners, memorable
What I didn't like about the film:
I find myself disliking a lot of film sub-plots. It's because it feels like the movie wouldn't have suffered if they took it out completely. Without giving anything away, the sub-plot involves Jeong and Giamatti's characters. The writers used it as a device to take the main characters from one place to the next, but once the sub-plot is revealed in full, there's no pay off. I didn't like it and wished they would have written it out of the movie.
Loved it, KNOWING what I was walking into
Bridesmaids. Check out The Hangover II, you will not be disappointed!