Cert: 15 Runtime: 102 mins Director: Todd Phillips Cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zack Galifinakis, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, Paul Giamatti
We made a pact, Wolfpack only
Todd Phillips is a comical genius and would normally give up after one movie, after the huge over night success of The Hangover with critics and the public. The greedy movie Lords ask the man to make a second. Walking into this I was prepared for the worst !!!! If you’ve seen The Hangover, you’ve essentially seen The Hangover Part II. This time around Stu (Ed Helms) is getting married, the wedding with his bride-to-be (Jamie Chung) will be in Bangkok in deference to her parents, and along for the ride are Phil (Bradley Cooper), Doug (Justin Bartha), and Alan (Zach Galifianakis). Two nights before the wedding, the four guys along with Stu’s future brother-in-law Teddy (Mason Lee) have a drink only to have the original trio wake up in a seedy hotel room with no recollection of the night’s events, new damages to their appearance, a monkey, and Teddy has gone missing. Repeat the shenanigans from the first film but this time it’s in Thailand. That’s all I am going to say, as it will ruin the fun of what happens.
After leaving the cinema, I said to myself it could have been much worse. Phillips played it very safe, it was the same plot more or less with a few alterations which are very obvious through the whole film. Galifinakis became even more annoying in this film, this man is type cast for the rest of his career. Also Cooper and Helms play it very safe, while the monkey steals the show. There are a few original ideas in the movie which I won’t give any details, minus my complaining it does make you laugh.Over all it’s a good trip to the cinema if you’re feeling a bit silly. But I do warn there are a few slow bits in the film, you question yourself is it really a comedy ? People say you should never compare the sequel to the original, but it’s impossible with this film. Hangover has such a cult following and even a Golden Globe. The Hangover Part II just feels like a continuation of the original, if there were to be a third (God forbid) I hope Todd Phillips has some fresh ideas in the bag. One too many hangovers I say.