The Hangover had a pretty ingenious conceit: take the nightmarish scenario of blacking out and waking up with no memories and fit it into the beats of a film noir. Recalling the events of the prior night became a mystery with hints of Raymond Chandler, with the added hurdle of nasty, roofie-induced headaches.
The sequel replicated the format of the first movie, but writer/director Todd Phillips seems to be going a bit more straightforward for his third adventure with the Wolf Pack. Judging from the latest trailer, Phil (Bradley Cooper), Alan (Zach Galifianakis), and Stu (Ed Helms) don’t suffer any foggy memories. Instead, they’re strong-armed into using their detective skills to solve an actual mystery.
This time, the trio is enlisted by a vicious mobster (John Goodman) to track down the franchise sidekick Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong). Which means The Hangover: Part III has a lot more Ken Jeong than either of its predecessors. Depending on comedic tastes and tolerance of high screechy voices, that could make or break the movie.
While the trailer has a severe lack of Jessica Fletcher, it does seem to go back to the basics of what made the first movie work, with the insanity of Vegas once again playing home to the bumbling trio’s antics. Has The Hangover worn out its welcome, or is stripping down the concept refreshing?
The Hangover Part III arrives May 24. Check out a new poster for the movie, which showcases the three stars with new and improved eyewear, below:
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