Saturday, June 25, 2011

Hangover II

Rating : 5/10
Release Date : 27 May, 2011 (India)
Time : 102 minutes
Director & Co-Writer : Todd Phillips; Co-writers : Scott Armstrong, Craig Maizin; Music : Christophe Beck
Starring : Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, Paul Giamatti, Jamie Chung, Sasha Baresse

This time the venue is Bangkok, its Stu’s wedding and they manage to ‘misplace’ his wife’s kid brother (who also happens to be a Grade A student and the apple of his domineering father-in-laws eye).

The rest of the story follows a familiar pattern, this time the animal is a monkey, they again wake up in an unfamiliar surrounding, they have to retrace their steps of the previous night of which they again have no recollection and other characters include a villainous Paul Giametti, a monk who has taken a vow of silence and Chow, the bad guy from the previous film.

The film made me laugh in quite a few places but it wasn’t as spontaneous nor as loud as the first one. It seems to be following a format, which seems to have restricted its inherent plot creativity somewhat. Also, the characters all seemed eccentric, one-off types, especially Zach, and repeated exposure to them isn’t that much fun, they’re not fleshed out to that degree.

I’m hoping there isn’t a third one planned or if there is, it rests with a completely new set of writers, who decide to look at the characters in a new light.

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