The Hangover Part II
Tagline: Bangkok Has Them Now
Director: Todd Phillips
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis
Runtime: 102 minutes
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ 9/10
( I will be reviewing this on the basis that you have seen The Hangover, As I have, and there isn’t really alot I can say about this film without prior knowledge of the original)
The Hangover Part 2 (THP2) tells the same story as its predecessor but this time it centers around Stu’s Bachelor Party instead of Doug’s. Doug is once more just a character in the background. Now although THP2 is pretty much the same plot line as the original, you shouldn’t write it off, and admittedly I had since its release until i was randomly texted to go and see it last night. It may follow the same concept but it is still fantastic.
Do I need to talk about the acting? Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galafianakis are once again excellent with the main humour once again coming from Galifiankis and Helms.
But there is alot more Ken Jeong in the sequel, and he is hilarious as Mr Chow, not to say he wasn’t great in the original, but he has alot more screen time in this one. There is also the introduction of a new character Teddy (Mason Lee) and though he isn’t in it alot, he is well acted. Not to forget the monkey (Crystal the Monkey, ahahahah) who is very well trained and coupled with Alan, hilarious.
The comedy is still here and I laughed all the way through, contrary to other critics beliefs (Jeremy Jahns, I mean you!) it is very very funny. My friend had said to me ‘I think it’s funnier than the first’ and to be honest i couldn’t believe he was saying that, and how wrong I was. The jokes aren’t repettitve and it isn’t a scene for scene remake of the first one. We’re in a different location, a different set up, and it has a different feel about it when it’s foreign.
I realise this was a comedy, but I’m a stickler for Cinematography, and it was very good in this film. Alot of over head shots of Bangkok, both in the opening credits and throughout, and a lot of really nice helicopter shots. The soundtrack was fitting, but nothing special. Though I did really enjoy the scene where they get to the airport and they’re walking through, and it keeps cutting to the arrivals board, not important, But i found that to be a well shot scene.
So i would definately say go and see it, don’t push it aside like I did, ignore the critics saying it’s terrible, hell, ignore me and make up your own mind, I think you have to be in the right mindset for it, but it’s thoroughly enjoyable.
I gave it a 9 on here, and i would say THP2 is a 9.1 and the original is an 8.9