|The Hangover III
Starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis
When you see the trailers for The Hangover III, they mention this being the epic conclusion to the Wolfpack Trilogy; which would be great if a trilogy of films was the plan when the first Hangover movie was being written. But since no one really expected the first film to do so well when it was first released in 2009 or it’s not so loved sequel to do equally as well, here in 2013, we have the epic conclusion to the Wolfpack Trilogy. The reason why I bring up the idea of having a plan really only benefits the story as a whole. And while its true that having a plan doesn’t always make for a great trilogy of films (see The Matrix) it also doesn’t help when your sequels feel put together haphazardly, which is what The Hangover III feels like.
But I’m conflicted when it comes to this 3rd film. Why you may ask? I like these characters; I like the actors as these characters, their interactions, the roles they have with each other, it really works. On that level I can’t outright hate the 3rd film and depending on how you feel about Zach Galifianakis and his Alan character, you may come to find that you like part 3, or you could find it to be as useless as…well…insert your own joke here. On that level, there are moments in this movie that I liked. But there is a bigger problem here that I can’t over look; the laziness that seems to hang over this entire film. From the story to what seems like everyone involved feeling as if they just show up and do their thing, the movie will work, but it doesn’t and their lack of effort really shows.