THE HANGOVER PART II
THE HANGOVER PART II: SICK, TWISTED FUN
The wolf pack is back for round two in The Hangover Part II. Its go big or go home this time and they mean business. The story will leave you shocked and laughing at the same time, while following the same formula as the first one. Its as funny as the first original, if not funnier.
Stu (Ed Helms) is getting married. Him, Phil (Bradley Cooper), and Doug (Justin Bartha) are all in the wedding party and they are flying to Thailand for the wedding. Doug's wife Tracy (Sasha Baresse) tells Doug that Alan (Zach Galifianakis) is heartbroken as he isn't invited to the wedding. Doug convinces Stu to invite Alan. Stu begrudgingly invites him but stipulates that there is to not be a bachelor party. All is well until all the guys have a beer on the beach after the rehearsal dinner with Stu's fiancee's 16 year old brother Teddy ( Mason Lee). The next morning Stu, Phil, and Alan wake up in a random hotel not knowing what happened the night before and missing Teddy. And so the roller coaster begins.
The Hangover gave new meaning to the phrase, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”. It was raunchy, hilarious, and action packed. With The Hangover Part II, director Todd Phillips and co-writers Scot Armstrong and Craig Mazin took that same formula and don't hold anything back. The first film was outrageous, until you see the sequel. Vegas is tame in comparison to Bangkok. And the expression “If you haven't found him by now, Bangkok has him”, describes it perfectly. Its chaos that will make you double over with laughter. Zack Galifianakis was the breakout star of The Hangover. But a lot of credit needs to go to Ed Helms, who is more subtle with his neuroses and is way funnier than Galifianakis. His Stu is more believable. Ken Jeong as Mr. Chow is actually better in The Hangover Part II, with his nonchalant attitude towards all the mayhem he causes, like its the most natural thing in the world. The movie was filmed on location in Thailand. As beautiful as the scenery is, the images that leave an imprint are some of the most shocking and should be left as a surprise.
This film doesn't deserve an A+ but that doesn't mean anything should be changed. Its perfect the way it is, following a formula that works and provides pure entertainment.
Stu, Phil, Doug, and Alan are ready for another night out with Stu getting married this time. The Hangover Part II is filled with laugh out loud moments that will make you cringe at the same time. It follows a proven storyline and doesn't leave anything out. Its a great time to be had.