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

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