The Hangover Part II (2011), movie review.

What would happen if you woke up the next morning from a night of drinking and you couldn’t remember a thing from the night before? And what if you also could remember where one of your friends who’d been with you was? And it was also their wedding that afternoon.
The first Hangover answer all of those questions and more. It followed a trio of friends as the searched through Las Vegas trying to find their friend in time for his wedding. And in the end they do find him and bring him back, but only after finding out that one of them was married to a prostitute, that they had stolen Mike Tyson’s pet tiger, and that one of them was a Blackjack genius.
It was praised by many, and loved by many. It went on to win the Golden Globe of Best Comedy. And it almost made it on to my list of Top Ten Favorite movies. And when it was announced that a second one was in the works people were rightly happy.
But how does a second Hangover feel? Read on to find out…

The Good and The Bad.

The Hangover: Part II‘s plot is nearly identical to the first one’s. The guys are all together for a wedding, the night before the wedding they all have a little celebration, then they wake up in a trashed hotel room with some body gone missing, and they can’t remember a thing about the night before. But the similarities don’t end there, no, there are many more. Again they have stolen somebodies pet exotic animal (a monkey), one of the people took off a part of their body because the others said they had no balls, one of them finds out they slept with a whore, Alan (played by Zach Galifianakis) has some weird new mental ability, and in the end when they finally realize where there lost buddy is it even feel like the same scene. And I’m sure that if dug harder, or rewatched the movie could find more connections between the two movies.

It’s not that copying a success is a bad thing (it can be), but I would have preferred a little more new plot-paths. Even though I couldn’t have said what exactly was going to happen I could have told you the way that the movie was going to flow.

Probably the best thing about The Hangover: Part II is just how well they captured Bangkok. Now I’ve never been there, and I probably never will, but from what I know and feel, they did an amazing job with recreating Bangkok. (And for those that care, one of the characters occasionally spouts Bangkok based facts. Although I have no idea whether they all true or not.) Bangkok is dirty, and crammed with people; hookers and drug dealers are roaming about. But it also has beautiful monasteries filled with quiet monks.

One thing I noticed about The Hangover: Part II is that a lot of the humor is much harsher. Many of the laughs come from things like: people ODing on coke, somebody getting shot in the arm, the groom being compared to a retard, and screaming at quiet monks. Not all of the jokes are so harsh but many of the are.
On a similar note, I really didn’t like how they had the monkey smoking. I just hope that it was special effects, or else myself and PETA will be on their asses.

Some of the events (small and large) of the first Hangover are never mentioned at length, or at all, but one them was, and I think that it was a great choice. It is the character from the first movie, the naked Asian man who was in the trunk of their car–Chow–only this time he is one of the main characters for the second half of the movie. He is really funny. Almost all of his lines are great, and since he knows the city already he is able to show the main three somethings they might not of seen otherwise.

Despite the harsh, and violent humor, I found myself laughing for many scenes of the movie (the wedding speeches are a personal favorite). If you loved the first Hangover you’ll probably enjoy its sequel–not as much but still enjoy it–but on the other hand, if you didn’t like the first then the sequel doesn’t do much different.

Visuals: Gritty, wet, slimy–if you don’t like looking at dirty cities this is a movie to avoid.

Sounds: Nothing special to report.

Acting: Largely the same as the  first, which about average. Some of the actors are better than others, but that’s not really saying much.

Writing: The plot follows the same path as the first, but what happens along those paths is what is funny. But at times the harshness of the humor displeased me.

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, and Ken Jeong

Directed By: Todd Phillips.

Parental Rating: R/17+

Overall Score: 6.75/10


Posted on June 17, 2011, in 2011, Movie, Review and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. What’s missing is a huge part of what made the first film so good: the element of surprise and the actual joy of having all these crazy situations happen. This is a dark and morbid cash-in and nothing more, except with some chuckles. Good review!

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