Directed by Todd Philips
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong
The first movie of The Hangover series was a smashing hit, breaking box office records all over the world. The second was plain bad movie with most of the ideas being copied from the former. And with the third movie in the series, the makers have ensured that the downhill fall for The Hangover series continues.
In the third installment of The Hangover franchise, the protagonists do not suffer from a hangover to begin with. Seems like the flak they received after the second movie being ripped off the first made the makers stay away from anything which would relate this movie to the previous ones. However, for that, they needed a script which would match up to the one which had been written for the first one. And this is where the movie falls flat. It’s almost as if Todd Philips went into shoot without having a concrete script in his hand, hoping to catch some innately stupid moments and abusive words from his actors, and banking on them to sell his movie. The laughs are extremely infrequent, and the deviation from absurd comedy does not work in the film’s favour. Director, Todd Philips depends on a giraffe’s head being decapitated and the maid being shunned, to try and entertain his audience. Barring a couple of moments here and there, including Alan’s speech at his dad’s funeral, Hangover 3 is a terrible bore to watch.
The actors do not bring any special flavor to the table. Justin Bartha is absent from the majority of the movie, after being abducted. Zach Galifiankis does impress; however Alan’s character is no way as endearing as it was in the first two installments. Ken Jeong does well as the pervert criminal mastermind, and his performance is something to watch out for in the movie. Melissa McCarthy makes a cameo appearance as Cassie, and her chemistry with Alan (Zach Galifianakis) provides for one of the genuinely funnier moments in the film.
Apart from that, there is nothing to look forward to in the movie. Hangover fans will be left sorely disappointed by this film. The end credits seem to suggest that there might be a fourth movie in the franchise, but this has already been denied by both Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms. In light of how the series has progressed, this seems to be amongst the wisest decisions taken by the makers of the films. And with that the incredible adventures of the ‘wolf pack’ come to a rather unexciting and dull end.