The Hangover Part II: The Wolfpack Is Back
A good sequel is hard to come by. Off the top of my head, I can only think of four. Ironically, they are all sci-fi classics. Empire Strikes Back, Superman II (Phantom Zone), Aliens, and Star Trek II (Wrath of Khan). I had high expectations for The Hangover II as my friends and I thoroughly enjoyed the first one, the highest grossing R-rated comedy of all time. Will we add this to my short list of great sequels or will we toss this with the rest of the disappointing second volumes?
I know this is a movie, but am I the only one who thinks that these four guys in real life couldn’t be friends? They are as different as people can be. Doug (Justin Bartha) the normal one is once again hardly in the movie. Why would we pay good money to see normal right? We want to see train wrecks. Phil (Bradley Cooper), the pretty boy, holds the pack together. Stu (Ed Helms), the tightly wound up spazz and Alan the eccentric one complete the trio. Mixing things up is Ed’s fiancée Lauren (Jamie Chung) and her brother Teddy (Mason Lee). Last, but certainly not least, we have a surprise visit from Chow (Ken Jeong)!
Thailand Has Them Now
Same formula, different country. The first one, everything was original and brand new. This time I kept thinking, this is the same old thing. It’s similar to watching the Jackass movies. The first one was captivating, the second one you’re just watching because of the
gross out and the train wreck factors. At times some of the once loveable characters were even annoying. They did outdo themselves several times throughout the movie with some insane situations. I was left asking how could they do that? But that’s about it. A rehash of a good joke with a collection of head scratching scenes.
Jamie Chung has a great agent and is doing quite well since her days from MTV’s Real World (Sorority Row, Sucker Punch, and now The Hangover II). However, unless you want to catch scenes of Thailand on the big screen, I would say save your money. This time the Wolfpack is going straight to DVD and I hope they don’t make The Hangover III. In my book, The Hangover is over.