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The Hangover Part III ****

THE HANGOVER PART III

 

Run Time: 100 mins            Cert: 15

 

Synopsis: Following Chow’s escape from prison and the death of Alan’s father, the final installment in the Hangover trilogy takes the audience on another badly behaved road trip.

 

The movie begins when Leslie Chow (Ken Jeong) escapes from prison in Bangkok while Alan (Zack Galifianakis) gets into a scrape involving a giraffe that results in a fatal heart attack for his father. Following the funeral, Alan’s friends decide to stage an intervention and persuade him to undergo treatment in a psychiatric clinic. Having agreed to this, Alan is on his way to the clinic accompanied by Phil (Bradley Cooper), Doug (Justin Bartha) and Stu (Ed Helms) when they are run off the road by Marshall (John Goodman) and his henchmen. It transpires Chow has stolen gold from Marshall and unless the guys can find Chow and his gold within three days, he will kill Doug.

 

In a similar manner to the previous installments, the main characters resort to outrageous and illegal stunts to find Marshall’s gold and get into sticky situations throughout the film. From their reunion with Chow to their return to Vegas where it all began, the story is entertaining and well written. While the audience may not laugh as hysterically at “The Hangover Part III” as they would have during the first two films, there are still some very comic moments.

 

The three leads give great performances and remain true to their characters. Zack Galifianakis in particular gives another wacky and amusing performance as Alan, while Cooper and Helms are enjoyable to watch as his loyal friends who once again embark on a crazy journey courtesy of Alan and Chow (Jeong). The supporting cast also perform to a high standard with the addition of John Goodman as scary mob boss Marshall, Melissa McCarthy as the pawn shop owner and the return of Heather Graham as Jade the stripper.

 

The film’s soundtrack is both fun and appropriate with music from Hanson, Billy Joel and Nine Inch Nails. A particular highlight is Ken Jeong’s performance of “I Believe I Can Fly” and while it’s obvious Zack Galifianakis doesn’t actually sing “Ave Maria”, it adds to the scene and fits the character.

 

Overall, “The Hangover III” is a good comedy that wraps up the trilogy nicely. While there aren’t many huge twists, it is far from boring and the ending does not disappoint.

 

Reviewed by Lesley Logan

Newsreel (W/e 26 May 2013)

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Antonio Banderas will star in the Chilean miner movie The 33, as Mario Sepulveda, the charismatic miner known as “Super Mario.”

 

Jonathan Rhys Meyers in talks to star in Star Wars Episode VII.

 

Seth MacFarlane has confirmed that he will not return as Oscars host for 2014.

 

Anthony Hopkins joins the cast of Gotti.

 

Timecop set to be rebooted.

 

Velvet Goldmine’s Todd Haynes is to direct Cate Blanchett & Mia Wasikowska in Carol, adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s The Price of Salt.

 

Gael Garcia Bernal to star in Jon Stewart’s directorial debut, Rosewater.

 

American Horror Story’s Evan Peters has joined the cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past as Magneto’s son, Pietro Maximoff, aka Quicksilver.

 

Dazed and Confused director Richard Linklater has revealed that he is working on sequel.

 

Tom Cruise has dropped out of the upcoming Man from U.N.C.L.E. movie.

 

Celine Dion will record the theme song for The Muppets… Again!

 

Charlie Sheen is changing his name back to Carlos Estevez,for the Robert Rodriguez sequel Machete Kills.

 

Blue Is The Warmest Colour by Abdellatif Kechiche has won the Palme d’Or. The Coen Bros’Inside Llewyn Davis took the Grand Prix.

 

Fast & Furious 6 races to the top of the U.S. box-office.