Director: Todd Phillips
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis
Summary: This time, there’s no wedding. No bachelor party. What could go wrong, right? But when the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off. Doug has been kidnapped, and the only way to get him back is if Wolfpack returns to Las Vegas in a to track down the international criminal Mr. Chow.
Review by MovieBytes
Let me begin by saying I came into the theater expecting a complete train wreck. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was not a train wreck at all, just a mediocre chapter in the Hangover franchise. They left behind the formula which made Hangover 1 a success, and 2 a failure, but didn’t replace it with anything substantial. So if you’re looking for another hilarious tale of drunken debauchery and the amnesiac recovery afterward, you won’t find it in Hangover 3. The finale to the Hangover series, which should have been the Wolfpack’s triumphant return to Vegas, fell sadly flat, with no fanfare at all.
Hangover 3 surprised me, in that it was not a carbon copy of Hangover 1 and 2. Hangover 2 received poor reviews because it reused the same jokes and same situation in a different setting. Hangover 3 broke the formula, and produced a really original script which built on the characters and ideas set up in the first two movies. That’s where my praise ends for the movie. Although it was original and true to the series, the new script and plot were not nearly as funny as its predecessors.
The acting is basically the same as in the first two movies. Zach Galifianakis played the quirky Alan, Bradley Cooper plays cool guy Phil, and Ed Helms plays uptight dentist Stu. The roles haven’t changed at all, but I noticed that while Alan continues to get more odd, Phil and Stu’s characters are more subdued in this movie than the last two.
|Character Development: 4/10
The characters were almost all pre-established in this movie, and none of them really showed much growth. Alan would be the focus of any development in the movie, as he finds a love interest and comes to terms with being the weirdo that he is. Nothing else of note.
The score, by Christophe Beck, was actually a higher quality than you might expect for a comedy. It wasn’t outstanding, but I did actually notice it in certain key moments, and it sounded good.
Cinematography was adequate in this film. I noticed the use of shaky camera in a few scenes, but it was used at appropriate times, and only for a few seconds at a time, making it effective. Nothing artistic or special beyond that.
Costumes were modern dress. Makeup was as effective as it was in the previous movies, keeping the cuts, blood and marks on the characters throughout the movie.
|Visual Effects: 3/10
Only one scene noticeably used visual effects, and that was when Chow parachuted around Las Vegas. I think they must have had a stunt man actually do it, because most shots looked really good. However the close-up views of Chow looked really fake. I would have thought the studio could spring for slightly better visual effects than that.
|Set Design: 5/10
Most of the filming was on location in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and in Arizona, but some sets must have been built for the penthouse of Caesars Palace, and possibly the inside of a villa. These were simple sets, but they were believable and I could see no problems them.