Going to the theater I was expecting an expansion of the first and second Hangover movies; the typical same guys getting into similar situations with the same jokes. Granted, the first two were good, but I didn’t think I would feel the same for a third rendition of the same plot different day. I also heard that the guys were back in Las Vegas where it all started. In my mind it was “here we go again.”
However, the movie completely shocked me when it started. Yes, the boys were back in Las Vegas but it wasn’t anything like the first two. The jokes were different, the situation was different except that Doug was once again missing, and this time they were all fighting for their lives. The focus was on Alan. The movie brought back Heather Graham (the prostitute), and introduced us to William – played by John Goodman.
The boys face certain death as Chan stole millions of dollars in gold bars from William, which started when Alan purchased roofies from “Black Doug,” bringing Chan into the picture. Now, William wants his gold back so he takes Doug as an insurance policy and sends the boys to find Chan who escaped from prison. If you remember he was arrested in “The Hangover 2″. If they don’t find him, Doug and the rest of the gang dies.
Once again “The Wolfpack” joins forces to protect themselves and to get their friend back all because of that night of debauchery in Hangover 1. Both of the movies antics now come back to haunt them and they look to end the vicious cycle.
Through the journey, Alan finds love and “settles” his life. He loses a father but finds himself as the final “wolfpack” member marries off.
This movie wasn’t as funny as the first two. It does have some comedy, but brings in a little more drama; many questions are finally answered. It was one of the few sequels that tied everything together which brought closure to the story. If you think this is the last Hangover, it may not be; the end of the movie leaves room for a fourth edition. The ending to this movie mimics the start of the first Hangover – none of the boys remember a thing and nothing is normal at all!
The Hangover 3 was a great movie, so I wasn’t disappointed. The series was brilliantly written and the characters are timeless as we can all relate to at least one.