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REVIEW – THE HANGOVER III

The Hangover III

3.6 out of 5.0

I remember not so long ago sitting in the theatre and laughing my butt with the insane ridiculousness of The Hangover.  That was spot on random comedy.  Next came The Hangover II, which was much of the same but this time in Bangkok.  It was funny, but felt it never reached the levels of the first one.

Fast forward to 2013 where we now have The Hangover III, the closing of the comedic trilogy, but there was something that was missing from this incarnation…the full on funny.  Did it hurt the movie?

Some think it did.  Though the funny thing was that The Hangover II got flack because it was too much like the first one, that the filmmakers needed to take the series in a different direction.  This time they did and still more people did like it.  I have been holding off on this one since opening day but finally broke down and gave it a gander.  What I found surprised me.

The story this time is one of a more darker tone.  The Wolfpack go on the hunt for Chow, who has gone missing and also ripped off a big time gangster of half of his 42 million in gold bars.  This go wrong and Doug gets kidnapped for collateral, just in case the boys don’t find Chow, Doug dies.

This definitely isn’t your typical Hangover movie.  It’s a darker, grittier movie with less of the crazy comedy scenarios and more action type set pieces.  Does this trade off work?  It kind of does in a strange way.  I think what pulled me into the movie deeper than I was expecting was the change of tone and pace.  Now we have the pack on a mission to apprehend a madman of sorts and get Doug of of a life threatening jam.  That’s not to say the movie doesn’t have it’s funny moments.  It’s a different type of comedy though, not so much of the HA HA that was hilarious style,  but more of the ‘wow that is dark’ style.

The acting is what you expect in this type of movie.  I think the show stealer was John Goodman, who plays the terrifying gangster who just wants his gold back.  Ken Jeong is crazy as ever as Lesley Chow, Zach Galifinakis plays a more somber Allan this time, an Allan who still has issues but seems a little less crazy.  Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms round out the rest of the Wolfpack while Justin Bartha as Doug remains relatively safe off camera for most of the movie.  All the actors do well in reprising these roles and seem to pick them up nicely after the break since The Hangover II.

Director Todd Phillips, who also helped writing the screenplay for this, did a solid job bringing a new flair to the trilogy.  It was nice to see a change of pace for the film and bring it into a different light so to speak.  As bad as it seems to be doing, critic wise, I feel that it’s not getting the respect it deserves.  Did Todd Phillips do an amazing bang up job with this one?  No, it’s not the be all end all of movies, but what Todd did was bring a very entertaining conclusion to the Wolfpack trilogy.  He did what he set out to do and for what it’s worth it was a decent time at the theatre.

I don’t have a hard time recommending this film, especially to fans of the series.  Should you pay full price?  That would depend on how much you feel you need to see it.  It definitely worth the price of a matinee admission and will be a movie that I will be adding to my collection when it comes out on Blu-ray and DVD.  Just know what you are getting into when going to see it.  It’s not all funny, it’s more of a dark action thriller with comedic elements.  It’s definitely different in tone from the other two movies, which I felt was a good thing.

If you are expecting high octane comedy then you may be more than a little let down.  This movie I think deserves 3.6 stars out of 5.  It’s not the worst of the series and if you are going to see a movie in the theatre you could do worse.  ‘Till next time my friends.

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REVIEW – MOVIE 43

Movie 43 Poster

3.5 Out Of 5

From the moment I saw the first red-band trailer for this movie I knew I had to see it.  I’ve always had a soft spot on movies that seem to be on that border line of disgusting and over the top to see how far one can take something offensive and run with it.Movie 43 is no exception,  It takes the offensive ball and not only runs but kicks it out of the park.  I guess from what I have been reading about the movie there is two versions of it, one is Dennis Quaid plays a psychotic man trying to force a movie production house to buy his script which is about these 11 shorts that are outrageously perverse.  The other version is a group of kids decide to scour the Internet in search of the most obscene movie ever made and come across these shorts.  Needless to say the movie is pulled off with a very unsettling feeling in the theatre.

First off the movie displays a pretty heavy cast, Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Halle Berry, Naomi Watts, Terrence Howard, and the list goes on.  The movie gets pretty crazy fast and doesn’t let up and it’s surreal in a way to see these actors say and do the things you see and hear on screen.

There really isn’t much of a plot so to speak to get into but what is up there works for the most part.  Some “skits” seem to fall a little flat, the Batman and Robin one comes to mind, and the ever funny please poop on me because you love me skit actually made a group of people up and leave the cinema and not return.  You know your offensive movie is hitting the mark when people get so offended they actually leave for the night.

I’m not one that is easily offended so this movie didn’t bother me at all, though I do have to say a few sections can be a little rough to watch. Though the laughs do come and when they do you’ll not only be laughing but also wondering what the hell you are actually watching at the same time, and to me these types of movies should be making you question what exactly are we watching.

The shorts have a range of different writers and directors such as James Gunn, Elizabeth Banks, Bob Odenkirk, Brett Ratner, and again the list goes on.  Each brings their own flavor of offensive comedy to each short which is good because each short feels very different from the others.  It runs at a brisk 97 minutes and never feels long or overly boring because it’s so over the top.

Is this movie for everyone? OH NO IT’S NOT.  Definitely not for children, though it got a 14 rating in Canada?  Really?  Should have been 18+.  It’s definitely not for the easily offended.  Though I tip my hat to the elderly couple that came and saw the movie and laughed through the whole ordeal.  It is funny, especially if you like offensive and sometimes sick humor.  It isn’t for the easily squeamish either.

Overall I give this movie 3.5 out of 5.  It’s not great my any stretch of the imagination but it does make for a fun night out at the movies.  Though I do suggest going during matinee prices.  If the theatre is not for you then definitely give it a rent on VOD or DVD/Blu-ray, even if it’s just to see the outrageous things these big name stars did.  Hugh Jackman, being one of them.  His character has an odd growth on him.  It needs to be seen to be believed.  Till next time my friends.