Excerpt: This series hates animals. Molesting a tiger in the first, getting a monkey addicted to cigarettes in the second, and slaughtering a giraffe in the opening of Hangover III , no one is beacon of animal sensitivity in these films. It becomes worse in this trilogy maker, with two dogs senselessly murdered off screen and a couple of violent roosters dispatched in inhumane ways. There is an unwritten rule in Hollywood: Don’t kill the dog.
Excerpt: When most sequels get made, you usually end up with one of two possible flavors. You could get a complete recreation of the plot of the original with a few nominal changes (new environment, new McGuffin, etc.). Or you could get a new plot with little to no connection to the first except for the characters and one or two other well-known details (old environment, old McGuffin, etc.).
Excerpt: Things come full circle in The Hangover Part III when Phil (Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook ), Stu (Ed Helms, We're the Millers ), Doug (Justin Bartha, The Hangover ), and Alan (Zach Galifianakis, Out Cold ) head back to where it all began: the Vegas strip. After Alan goes off his medication and his father passes away from a heart attack, Stu and Phil try to help out by taking him back to Las Vegas.
Conclusion: Now that The Hangover Trilogy has concluded I think it's safe to say the two sequels are largely inferior to the funny 2009 original. The Hangover Part III deviates from the blackout and freak out formula of the first two films but never comes close to unseating the original as the best in the series. John Goodman has a few decent lines as a gangster looking for Ken Jeong's annoying Mr. Chow.
Excerpt: The Film After the $467 million box-office haul of 2009's The Hangover , it's no wonder that Warner Bros. wanted director Todd Phillips to repeat his success -- and repeat it he did, all the way down to the plotline. Despite nasty reviews, The Hangover Part II went on to make more than its predecessor. (How is that even possible?
Conclusion: The Hangover didn't really need a sequel, especially one recreating its every beat. With that unimaginative Bangkok journey out of its system, Part III surprisingly returns the series to form while taking things in a different direction. Some viewers will regret that laughs and outrageousness are in short supply here, but the movie works as an entertaining crime thriller that concludes this comic odyssey in an unexpectedly satisfying and somehow fitting way.
Conclusion: 'The Hangover Part III' manages to slightly redeem the series from the all-too-familiar retread that was Part II , but in doing so, the style and tone is vastly different. The humorous moments are few and far between here, but this isn't a money grab, either. The actors put forth good performances, and the movie is well-directed by Todd Phillips.
Conclusion: So there you have it…the conclusion to the brothers Wolfpack trilogy. No it’s not Return of the Jedi or even the closing saga to the Cornetto Trilogy , but hey at least it got made and it’s better than a Paranormal Activity 4 or The Purge . Will there ever be a fourth? Only time will tell, but don’t hold your breath. I think there’s still another adventure there.
Summary: Before it birthed a trilogy, Todd Phillips' The Hangover was an overnight smash and surprise box office behemoth, earning over $460 million worldwide. It split audiences -- some declared it the comedy of the year, others continue to wonder what all the fuss was about -- but those who embraced the Wolfpack from the get-go at least had good reason to get excited about a sequel. The Hangover Part II , though, was almost universally panned.