The Hangover Part III DVD Review
You’d have to be living under a rock to not at least be familiar with the three main men involved in The Hangover – Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms. Throw in a sprinkle of Ken Jeong and Justin Bartha, and you’ve got one of the most enjoyable comedies of modern times. With the success the original enjoyed, it’s no surprise that we ended up with a sequel, and now we’ve got the end of the trilogy. Whether the first movie should have been left as a stand-alone success is something that will always be up for debate, but here we are at the end with these much-loved characters taking one last stand.
What’s It About? Part III carries on from the events of the previous movies, so if you’re thinking of jumping in here, just be wary that some of it might not make much sense! Leslie Chow (Jeong), the villain of the piece, escapes from prison and disappears to his alleged fortune that he stole from a heist. Somehow the ‘Wolfpack’ (our main men) get involved in hunting him down, and madness ensues. Throw in some personal tragedy with Alan’s (Galifianakis) dad passing away, and his friends looking to rescue him from himself, and The Hangover Part III ends up a bit of a mish mash of ideas and all over the place.
In the end, these movies are about the friendships formed between Alan, Phil (Cooper) and Stu (Helms), and the stupid lengths they will go to for each other. Some of the comedy is very hit and miss, and actually lacking for much of the movie, which is strange for the final part in a comedy trilogy. It loses its way from what we all loved in the first film, instead leaning towards the dramatic and dark. It’s an admirable risk as it looks to avoid re-hashing all the previous ideas, but is that really what the audience wants?
Verdict: The Hangover Part III is a difficult movie to rate, having strayed so far from what everyone loved in the first place. Trilogies are always a dangerous business with very few ever getting better with each movie, and this is no different. Part III dares to be different, with director Todd Phillips taking his characters in a new direction. The performances are still strong, and the guys clearly enjoy working with each other, but you can’t help but feel like perhaps this wasn’t the ending most of us had in mind. Yet when Part II came out, people said it was too similar to Part I, so what was Phillips to do? To call Part III a ‘bad’ movie would be a little harsh; instead you should approach it from a different angle without any preconceived notions of how you think the trilogy should end.
Extras: Extended Scenes and outtakes are the usual fare offered on the DVD. Enjoyable but certainly not essential.
Final Words: When the first Hangover hit the mainsteam, it propelled all its stars into public consciousness and undoubtedly helped their careers. By the time this final part rolled round, no one really needed to make the movie, but they did anyway. It doesn’t help or hinder the careers of any of the guys involved, and it’s a harmless film that delivers on some levels, but none of the ones you’d expect. Cooper has gone on to great things, and Jeong and co will continue to make good TV and work in Hollywood for many years to come. The Hangover Part III is worth watching if you’ve seen the other two, but only to wrap the story up. If you’ve never seen a Hangover movie before, simply watch the first and move on.
The Hangover Part III and Trilogy are out on DVD and Blu-Ray on 2 December 2013.