Review – The Hangover Part 2

For any movie to pull off a successful sequel is a mean feat but making a comedy sequel is a tough ask and is a road littered with epic failures and direct to DVD disasters. From the moment the ‘The Hangover’ made enough money to make the Monopoly man jealous back in 2009 we all knew in our gut that a sequel was bound to happen and luckily director Todd Phillips got the band back together for ‘The Hangover Part 2’. In the ‘Hangover Part 2’ Phil (Bradley Cooper), Doug (Justin Bartha) and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) head to Thailand for the wedding of their best mate Stu (Ed Helms) but attempts to avoid a repeat of what happened in Las Vegas fail and the boys find themselves in hot water with no idea of how they got there. Does it all sound too familiar? That’s because it is, ‘The Hangover Part 2’ is an almost carbon copy of the first film that will hit you with a bad case of déjà vu but it’s a wild ride full of big laughs and wild moments.

‘The Hangover Part 2’ works well mainly due to the work of Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifiankis who have extraordinary chemistry and embody their characters perfectly. Despite the fact the story goes over a lot of similar bumps as the first film the trio manage to still produce the goods with some help from Ken Jeong returning as Mr Chow. Director Todd Phillips goes through the same beats he did with the first film but manages to take things up a notch with an action set piece featuring a car chase that shows the guy has flair beyond his comedy roots. Some of the comedy is a little edgier than the first film but it’s the perfect place to take the sequel in order to raise the stakes and differentiate it from the first film.

The hard truth about ‘The Hangover Part 2’ is that despite all its efforts to differ from the first film you can’t help but feel the scriptwriters just did a copy and paste job on the script and filled in the very few blanks, the film borders on being more of a remake than a sequel which is disappointing.

‘The Hangover Part 2’ is a classic case of ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ with the formula that worked well in the first film getting a second workout. Despite going over familiar ground ‘The Hangover Part 2’ delivers the laughs and has managed to execute a successful comedy sequel.

3/5

The Popcorn Junkie

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