The Hangover Part II
The Hangover Part II is essentially a darker re-make of the first Hangover film, set in a different location, with a slightly different beginning for the journey. Stu is getting married, and against his better judgement, the wolf pack is re-united. But to avoid the disastrous consequences of their last bachelor party (as seen in The Hangover), Stu insists on not having one, rather the wolf pack and Stu’s fiancée’s little brother share a beer on the beach in-front of a small bonfire.
Of course fate intervenes (and thankfully, because it would have been a very short and boring film without fate) and the wolf pack sans little brother wake up in a seedy Bangkok hotel room, all a little beat up and with some serious image make overs. Not knowing what happened, or knowing where little brother is, the wolf pack have to re-trace their steps and discover once again, just how much they should avoid ever drinking again.
If you’re not squeamish and you don’t mind numerous penis jokes, The Hangover Part II is a blast, and I’m gonna go out on a ledge here and say the opposite of what a lot of reviewers said about the film during it’s cinematic run, I actually enjoyed this sequel better than the original. Possibly because I already knew the characters and what i was getting myself in for. The darker overtones and boundary pushing gags just hit the right notes with my sense of humour – a rarity for modern basal comedies.
But more that just a re-hash of part one, The Hangover Part II had me hooked from the opening scenes due to two factors often over looked on cheap shot comedies, the attention to detail on the lush visuals and thumping soundtrack. This attention to the finer points of moviemaking, especially when viewed through BluRay, gave The Hangover Part II that extra bit of polish that enabled me to sit back and enjoy the movie, giving me a greater ability to overlook some of the obvious flaws just because I was enjoying the presentation so much.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read