It may seem like a rehash at first, but then again it has potential to be more creative and mysterious than the original… Which it isn’t.
The Hangover series is pretty much turning out to be the next Transformers – The first film is over-hyped by its lowest common denominator audience due to its simplicity in its entirety, and then follows a film that pretty much recycles the original, with the only difference being that it is set in a new location and the scenarios barely stand out, failing to be unique.
The plot once again follows three friends, Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) that get drunk, and wake up the next morning with a missing person. And instead of a baby, missing teeth and a tiger, we get a monkey, bald head and a tattoo.
Personally, I did not enjoy the first film at all – Like I said, too simple. But one of its strengths that we also find in this sequel is that the humor isn’t too Monty Python witty nor scripted by a 13 year old, but in between so that it attracts a wider audience. Though the jokes often fall to the latter, which is especially significant in Part II.
Let me clarify – This film is a copy of the first. Stu goes through a character arc that leads him to stand up to someone during a wedding. Again.
I think I’m done bashing the film, so now on to the good parts – There are some surprises as you would expect, which I will not spoil, and are usually very rewarding. The monkey was cool. Done.
Excuse the very lame puns, but this is how I can easily describe The Hangover Part II overall – Instead of using simple fragments of the original recipe, it copies it completely, sprinkles some different spices, and leaves it in a toilet for 2 hours, giving us a bad taste in our mouths.
With movies like this, I pity both Hollywood and pop culture more and more.