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Probably should have left it at number two
on 2 April 2014
It goes without saying that ‘The Hangover’ (part I) was a great film. Its sequel (part II) was met with a mixed reception (personally, I quite liked it, while thinking it wasn’t quite as good as the first one). However, now with Part III, they really seem to be dragging something out simply to make money.
The sad fact: Part III just isn’t that funny. There simply aren’t enough jokes in there to warrant calling it a ‘comedy.’
Other people have noted how they’ve ‘changed the formula’ with this one, i.e. there’s no actual hangover in this one where the cast wake up, not knowing what they did the night before and having to piece together the clues. Of course if Part III HAD followed this rule, everyone would be saying that it was just a second copy of the original, so the film-makers probably couldn’t win either way.
Also, coupled with Part III being a little low on jokes, Zach Galifianakis’ character ‘Alan’ has completed changed since the last two movies. Before, he used to be a loveable, but dumb sort. Now he’s a complete idiot (and not a very nice one at that), leaving us finding it much harder to root for him during this third outing.
However, whether you notice, or are that bothered by, the change in his character, it doesn’t make much difference to the script, i.e. it’s still short on jokes. Yes, the movie is watchable and short enough not to make me think I’d wasted an hour and a half of my life, but, when you compare it to Part I, it’s noticeable how far it’s fallen.