Saturday, 28 May 2011

Film Review: The Hangover Part II

Rating: 7.2/10 - Very Good

The crazy was definitely dialed up a notch in The Hangover Part II; with the trio’s many intoxicated mishaps, a drug dealing monkey and an ass whipping from a Buddhist monk, there was more than enough to go around.

Director: Tod Phillips. Writer: Craig Mazin and Scot Armstrong. Producer: Daniel Goldberg. Cinematography: Lawrence and Sher. Editor: Debra Neil-Fisher. Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, Mason Lee and Jamie Chung. Running Time: 102 minutes. Age Restriction:18

It all begins when Stu (Ed Helms) suggests a subdued brunch to double as his bachelor party, needles to say the news was ill received by best men Phil(Bradley Cooper) and Dough (Justin Bartha). After talking Stu into invite Allen (Zack Galifianakis) to the wedding, which took some persuading as Allen was the one responsible for spiking their drinks and creating the first hangover scenario, they travel to Thailand where Stu is set to marry the love of his life Lauren (Jamie Chung).

Allen takes an instant disliking to Stu’s soon to be brother-in-law, 16 year old genius, Teddy (Mason Lee) and Lauren’s dad is a real ball buster, comparing Stu to a soggy bowl of rice porridge babies and old people are easily able to digest. Other than the demonic family dynamic Stu is about to marry into, all seems to be going according to plan.
The serenity of the pre-wedding get together does not last long though, as the men decide to have an ‘innocent’ beer during a guy bonding bonfire and wake up to find themselves in a filthy hotel room in Bangkok. To quote Phil: “It happened gain.”

The movie plot is essentially the same as The Hangover part I, where the group of friends ,or ‘Wolfpack’ as Allen likes to call them, try to remember the previous night’s antics and desperately follow every clue that might help them to find Teddy, which is nowhere to be seen.
It was great seeing the original cast back together again and they truly feed off each others comedic energy, creating an array of hilarious action scenes. The only thing about the movie that I did not enjoy was the blatant display of human genitalia, which was quite prominent throughout the movie.

VERDICT: If you enjoyed The Hangover part I, then don’t miss this movie. It’s funny, cringe worthy scenes will make you burst out in laughter. There was even applause in the movie theatre I went to.

The Hangover Part II is in cinemas now.

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