So….. What can I say said for The Hangover part 3? One thing that I can say is that it seems Todd Philips has taken on board some of the criticisms of part 2 which only recycled the first film again. This time he has gone a different route, taking the form of a dark buy yet light hearted romp. That might be a polite way of saying that The Hangover part 3 isn’t funny, well it isn’t but that seems down to the lack of actual jokes. This time there is no wedding, no stag do and no hangover. Instead Alan (Zach Galifianakis) goes off his medication and needs to go to rehab with the help from the Wolfpack Phil (Bradley Cooper) Stu (Ed Helms) and Doug (Justin Bartha) who get kidnaped by drug dealer Marshall (John Goodman) who wants the guys to track down Chow (Ken Jeong) who has possession of half the gold he stole years ago. Needless to say, chaos ensues, sadly without the hilarity.
On the plus side, the third part of this tale seems to be the last with everything becoming full circle so I guess this is the last time we see the Wolfpack (even though box office might dictate otherwise). What we might see is Todd Philips stretch himself to action caper type films as this feels like an exercise in flexing those muscles rather than delivering a close to the bone comedy like that first one. This make for a very uneven trilogy as I don’t know how I felt with this last instalment. I found myself not caring for anyone and was complexly unengaged with the story while finding it valve watchable. It had its moments, sure with a break in to Caesars Palace via roof top is quite tense and anytime Goodman is on-screen is always a good thing, but the best way I can describe it is to shrug my shoulders and say “it’s alright” and then that seems generous. Galifianakis and Helms do their useral stick with Cooper clearly just picking up the pay check and getting it out-of-the-way as to go on to bigger and better things, as is Heather Graham who has a role that is just shoe horrid in with no real purpose for anything. If this proves one thing, is that a little bit of Chow goes a long way and this features a lot more than I could bear to stomach. It’s not a good sign when you have more sympathy for the films villein rather than the anti-hero. If I am honest, I was rooting for Goodman.
In the end, I found The Hangover part 3 a numb experience. It at least tries to be different and except for maybe one or two tense moments, left me cold. It’s not so bad that by watching it cause offence to the senses, it just starts, then it ends and then you walk home and thats all you can take from it.