Gather round, I’ve come up with a perfect hangover cure. No, not the alcohol inflicted one, the film one - don’t make anymore Hangover movies.
Sometimes hangovers can be an enjoyable experience. Lying on the sofa, eating food you know shouldn’t eat and watching movies you really like; it’s a pity the same can’t be said of the third (and please let’s hope it’s the last) instalment in the Todd Phillips directed ‘Hangover’ films.
Unlike the first two films there is no hangover. There is no crazy night’s partying where Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug struggle to remember what happened. Instead what we get is 100 minutes of annoying and utterly frustrating nonsense.
I’ll admit, I wasn’t a fan of ‘The Hangover’ and I didn’t care for ‘The Hangover Part Two’ either but at least they were a little funny.
The Wolf Pack come together when Alan (Galifiankis) stops taking his medication and his father dies. Stu (Helms - ‘The Office’), Phil (Cooper ‘Silver Linings Playbook’) and Doug (Bartha - ‘National Treasure’) propose an intervention and after getting Alan to agree they drive him to a rehabilitation centre. Predictably, they never reach their destination. Instead they are intercepted by criminal underworld boss, Marshall (Goodman - ‘The Artist’) and must find Wesley Chow (Jeong - ‘Transformers - Dark of the Moon’), who was in ‘The Hangover’ and ‘The Hangover Part Two’, or Doug will be killed.
If a doctor had have tested my blood after watching this film it would have tested negative for giving a toss. The film was so stupendously boring at times that I couldn’t even find it in myself to care.
Zach Galifiankis (‘Due Date’) isn’t the film’s saving grace but he does manage to cushion the horrid crash and burn it suffers.
Galifiankis is without question a funny man and his online ‘Between Two Ferns’ sketches with various celebrities are hilarious but in ‘The Hangover Part Three’ he’s limited in what he can do.
Galifiankis and to lesser extent, Cooper, carry the film and without them it would surely be one of those straight to DVD kind of movies.
It would be awfully unfair of me to say ‘The Hangover Part Three’ is without any laughs at all because that’s not true.
Be that as it may, the film is far too reliant on Galifiankis and before long you find yourself staring at a one trick pony kind of film.
If you do go to see this film then make sure you remain seated for a few seconds after the credits start rolling because you’ll either be totally disgusted or laughing out loud.
I don’t want to give anything away but this scene is perhaps where the film should have started.
Fans of ‘The Hangover’ movies want to watch a film that pushes the boundaries of what’s funny but instead, for the vast majority of ‘The Hangover Part Three’ they get something with zero ability to shock but with plenty ability to disappoint.
Bradley Cooper is the only actor involved in ‘The Hangover’ series to have carved out any sort of straight laced acting career for himself so it’d be understandable if he was reluctant to commit to a fourth film.
Cooper was excellent in ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ and excelled in ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’ so he’ll probably want to kick on with bigger more credible acting roles.
Hangovers get worse as you get older, isn’t that what they say?
‘The Hangover Part Three’ is currently showing at the Brunswick Moviebowl; for full movie listings visit www.brunswickmoviebowl.com