May 31, 2013

"Don't worry, it all ends tonight...."
The wolfpack is back. I can say that I enjoyed the original The Hangover; it was fun, witty and crazy. Then came the follow-up, which was highly dissapointing. The Hangover II was (only) a more exotic recycle of the first sequel, with the same old pointless "What happened last night?" formula, and a less fun one unfortunately. Then, the team promised "something different" for this third movie, which is told to be the end of the drunken madness. Now the question is, does the "something different" work?

Alan (Zach Galifianakis) bought a giraffe, claimed it as his pet and drove it around the highway in a wooden box. Then something bad happened. Alan's father was sick of his 42-year-old unmarried son and 'accidentally' died of heart attack (probably because he has to write quite amount of money to pay for the damages Alan caused). After the unfortunate event, Alan's folks decided to throw an intervention for Alan, suggesting him to go to rehab and 'fix' whatever it's wrong with him. Alan agreed. The pack, Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Doug (Justin Bartha), then take Alan on a roadtrip to the rehab, only to get confronted with a mobster named Marshall (John Goodman), demanding the pack to search for Leslie Chow (Ken Jeong) who had just escaped from Bangkok's prison with Marshall's $42 million gold bricks. As Doug is taken as a hostage by Marshall, the pack then begin their journey to search for Mr. Chow, all the way back to where it's begun, Las Vegas. 

It was TERRIBLE. I feel like I need an aspirin after watching the 100-minutes full of nasty and rough (not to mention, offensive) jokes that I hardly laughed at. Todd Phillips should have just stopped with The Hangover for good. Though the promise of bringing "something different" has certainly paid, as they indeed add more story to this whole lot pointless movie (or saga, whatever), the whole things just felt meaningless to me.

The whole things in this movie were badly coordinated, pointless and unfocused; a total mess. The story was rather up and down; one time you could feel that the gang was giving up for then the pace came back out of the blue. The plot was fuzzy, leaving holes everywhere. It's like the plot goes like "Let's just fill in the gap. And add more jokes so that no one notices." The unfocused screentime between Alan and Chow as the main interest was disturbing; it'd be better if it was all about Alan and I can say that they were giving too much portion for Chow. Not to mention the vague purpose of Phil's character; it was like he was just there to be an eyecandy (and indeed he proved everybody that being sweaty and filthy can be HOT) when he could be more than that. Another thing was the ending. It was ended good, only to be destroyed by a pathetic and meaningless credit sequence.

I want to discuss about all the jokes presented in this very movie. Those jokes were nasty, rough, offensive and barely funny. That mostly blamed on the screenwriters; it was like they were running out of jokes. The jokes weren't smart, more to rude with a lot of swearing. Let's talk about it : what's the purpose of making the giraffe scene anyway? It wasn't funny to see animals being abused, like how Chow ruthlessly shot on the cockfighting chickens and broke the neck of guard-dogs; "Kill the guard dog" he once said. It was all pointless, brutal and MENTAL. I don't see why they consider it as funny. And it was highly offensive for making Alan said "I didn't know you work for PETA"; man it's rude. Do I need to discuss Chow's sick behavior? He's a sociopath, a mental. He considered murder, bad words, coccaine and cock-sucking homo as fun. WTF? He's grown worse, because not only he's crazy, he's dangerous as well. Buuuttt, all of it was slightly saved by Melissa McCarthy's cameo; that lollipop-sucking-and-cracking scene was disgustingly hillarious.

Not only the nearly-every-aspects in this movie were bad, the acting was bad as well. It was a messed up mixture of serious and funny, which was poorly portrayed by the actors. Galifianakis seemed to lost his charm, overclouded by Jeong's psycho demeanor. Cooper delivered not only dull but forgettable performance; what did Phil do exactly? John Goodman delivered a dissapointing performance portraying the villain; not scary, not threatening, more like crazy rich and lazy-ass fatty. The only one interesting in this movie was Ed Helms. I love seeing the improvement in Stu's character and Helms portrayed him damn well; it was amusing, seeing him worried-sick over everything and everyone.

I finally understood the essence of Chow's quote : "Stay low, like a dog." It simply represents every bit of aspects in this movie; it's a down-low nasty with mad-dog jokes that don't even scream funny. Oh man, if only what happened in Vegas had stayed in Vegas ...

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