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The Hangover, Part III

posted May 23, 2013, 7:52 PM by Vu Nguyen
The Hangover, Part III

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When The Hangover came out in 2009, nobody expected it to be a hit, especially for a Rated-R comedy. A sequel came out, hoping to capitalize on the success of the first picture, but with these things, they don't often live up to the original. Basically, The Hangover Part II was a rehash of the first picture, only set in Bangkok instead of Las Vegas.

I just saw The Hangover Part III, which opens up today in wide release, and I was pleased to see that this last film in the trilogy does not repeat the same scenario as the first two films. Instead, the main focus seems to be on Ken Jeong's character Leslie Chow and Zach Galifianakis' character Alan.

Also, a new gangster/drug lord named Marshall (played by John Goodman) is introduced in this third film. Technically, his name was mentioned in the first film, so it tied up nicely in the final film.

Since the film is a comedy, I never really felt any of the characters were in any real danger, and, as expected, everything worked out in the end.

As for the music soundtrack, the Hangover series typically has some really great popular songs. Who could forget Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight" in the first movie? That song appeared in Part III. Other songs re-appearing in Part III were an updated version of Danzig's "Mother" and The Cramps' "Fever".

Ken Jeong also contributed to a few songs, including a rendition of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt" (which sound oddly like Johnny Cash's version) and R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly".

Anyway, I think if you enjoyed the series so far, you might as well see the final film. I did feel the third movie has a darker tone (particularly with the intro giraffe scene… which was unnecessary in my opinion).

The Hangover Part III opens up today. The Hangover Part III: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack came out last Tuesday (May 21) on WaterTower Music.