Saturday, 28 January 2012

The Hangover: Part II Review

It's the same as the first one, only nowhere near as funny. That sentence pretty much summarises how I feel about The Hangover Part II. It's basically got the exact same plot as the first. Wedding. Bachelor Party. Spiked. Lost. The End. Only this time round, the laughs have been reduced substantially, leaving you with a dull film that feels like its been done already - mainly because it has.

Nearly the entire cast is back for Part II: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, and Ken Jeong return to play the wolf pack once again. They're all fine as their respective character's, but the problem was, while some are still likeable, funny characters (Chow, Alan and Phil), Stu (Ed Helms) is just not funny and verges on annoying, and Doug has a pointless part in this movie due to the fact he doesn't even join the wolf pack for drinks. WTF?

Plus, I didn't like how funny, interesting character, Jade (Stu's Vegas love interest from the first film) has been forgotten and replaced in the sequel by Lauren - a character with the personality of a brick who has no real part in this movie. I just think it's a missed opportunity. Jade was a three-dimensional character that had a personality and a funny part in the first movie. If she had been in this one along with a slightly different plot it would have made things a lot more interesting.

Maybe I'm slagging this film off too much. It wasn't all bad. There were still some funny moments throughout, but a lot had already been shown in trailers for the movie, and others were just predictable. Again this circles back to the plot being so similar to the first one - if you've seen the first movie you can guess most of the funny moments before they hit - the writer's just failed to do much new.

In the end all this means that The Hangover II is dreadfully average. The cast is full of fine actors, but some of the character's are wearing out their welcome. This isn't helped by the plot being so similar to that of the first movie. Meaning there are no real surprises and a reduced amount of laugh-out-loud moments.


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