The Hangover Part 2 – A Preview

As the summer months draw to a close, so do the release of the big budget blockbusters.  The robots have powered down and the superheroes have packed away their tights in preparation for next summer and, in my opinion, this couldn’t have happened sooner. I can’t explain how disappointed I was with Captain America and don’t get me started on Transformers 3. So if you are like me and simply want to enjoy yourself again, you could well be in for a treat as the end of August sees the release of The Hangover Part II.

Having already been released in most territories, The Hangover Part II has been a phenomenal success amassing a gargantuan $500,000,000 worldwide.  While I wasn’t the biggest fan of the original film, I was pleased with its success due to director Todd Phillps’ gamble in waiving his usual salary and insisting on making the film without any “stars”. So what can we expect from the sequel which is now the biggest R-Rated comedy of all time?

By all accounts, The Hangover Part II is very similar to the first film except for the new setting of Thailand.  This time round, it is Stu who’s getting married, but after a quiet pre-wedding meal goes awry, the guys wake up facing mayhem with no recollection of what took place the night before.  Sorry, did I say it sounds very similar?  What I meant to say was, “this sounds like a carbon copy of the first film”.  Surely director Todd Phillips’ main task was to keep the original elements that made the first film such a hit, while at the same time giving audiences something new so they don’t feel like they are watching the exact same movie.  But it appears as if he has gone for the “if it isn’t broken – don’t fix it” approach, and The Hangover Part II follows the same formula which will take away a lot of the surprise, and enjoyment, you had in watching the original film.  So if you are like me and didn’t particularly enjoy The Hangover the first time around, I fear Part 2 will offer you nothing more in terms of laughs.  Bridesmaids, which has been dubbed “The Hangover with women” is out on the same weekend and my advice would be to choose the bridal party over the groomsmen as you would have no doubt seen The Hangover Part II in some shape or form already.


(first published in Septembers issue of Grove Korea Magazine)

Categories: Film, Previews


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