Director Todd Phillips reunites the legendary Wolfpack (Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms) for a final round in The Hangover: Part III.
When we catch up with them, it seems that the guys are finally getting their lives back on track after the events in Sin City and Thailand. Stu has had his face tattoo removed, Phil gets his kicks from bringing up past indescretions and Alan finally agrees to seek psychological help after an intervention.
In a brave move, Part III abandons the established formula of having the guys awaken to chaos after a drunken night on the town. Instead, Chow (a returning Ken Jeong) is the catalyst for their latest misadventure. Having previously robbed Marshall (John Goodman) of his gold, the Wolfpack are forced to make things right and save their captured friend Doug (Justin Bartha).
Without giving too much away, Zach Galifianakis is on top form here, leading to some genuinely laugh-out-loud moments. He also proves to be the heart of the trilogy, somehow making you care for the crazy man-child as he inadvertently wreaks havoc.
In many ways, Part III serves as a consequential hangover to the previous two films, as loose ends are tied up, old flames are revisited (hello Heather Graham) and the gang return to the glittery scene of the original crime - Las Vegas. If you didn't enjoy the previous films, this isn't going to win you over, but it's well worth the time for those who did.
It's always better to leave the crowd wanting more, and Todd Phillips has done just that. Going out on a brilliantly funny high, The Hangover: Part III is an enjoyable final adventure for the Wolfpack. Don't be too quick to leave when the credits roll either, or you'll regret it in the morning!
Review by: Mark O'Connell
Review Date: 22nd May 2013
The Hangover Part III
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