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The wolfpack is back
on December 6, 2011
In 2009 The Hangover was a totally unexpected and pleasant surprise, it was a bit of a phenomenon and for a while this comedy was everywhere. It certainly got people talking (I even found myself frequently quoting the movie). After watching The Hangover I was instantly a fan and the movie remained as good with repeated viewings. Almost two years later the unthinkable happened, a sequel. It seems that Hangover would be a difficult film to generate a sequel for a number of reasons (for one the concept of the original doesn't immediately have a door opened for a sequel) but Warner Bros. managed to find a way to bring the Wolfpack back to the big screen. The Hangover Part 2 stays in the same format as the first and besides being in Bangkok, the setting is the same: One guy is about to get married then they all get drunk, wake up, don't remember anything, lost one of the guys, panic, search for lost buddy and so on. This time around Stu is the one getting married and the wolf-pack goes to Bangkok for the wedding. It's easy to dismiss Part II; however, you have to ask yourself what you were expecting out of a sequel to The Hangover in the first place.
As far as sequel goes, Part II could have been totally different and gone a new way but it's really more like a sequel that goes in the same direction as the first. The colorful characters we have come to love in Hangover are back and as funny as they were then. Bradley Cooper, Zack Galifianakis, Ed Helm and Justin Bartha are once again great at their respective roles; the characters remain just as the audience remembered them in the first film. Mr. Chow gets a bigger role this time around which makes things interesting. The addition of the little monkey was a bit gimmicky as the first Hangover had a tiger and they had to match that, but he's very funny and cute. Add to this a few new faces and replace Vegas with Bangkok, shake well and you have Hangover Part II.
In 2009 Hangover pushed the limits of what could be shown on a movie screen. In 2011 Hangover Part II raises the bar even further; it's pretty safe to say that no unrated version of the film will be released. I can't into details without spoiling anything but it's hard NOT to be shocked in some parts of the movie, but for Hangover this only means more laughter. If you weren't a fan of the original or didn't like the type of humor it contained, nothing will change with Part II. Hangover didn't take itself too seriously and neither should you. If you were one of those who simply loved the first and couldn't get enough of it, chances are you won't be totally satisfied this time around but that you will still have a good time.
One thing can be said: It's definitely not as original this time around, we've been there before but the slight changes, new gags and the once again over-the-top situations make this a fun trip.Some will label it as "more of the same" and it would probably fit that category except that I can't seem to get enough of these actors and Part II is a great adventure as well. Part II is a great comedy but the problem that some people have with it is basically that it's too similar to the first one. They played it safe for the sequel and stayed with the same formula. I still think that the first Hangover movie is the best one but Part II delivers plenty of laughs and I cannot fault it for that, it's after all, a very enjoyable movie.
The Wolfpack is back and Part II is an excellent follow up overall, it doesn't add much to the first movie and it doesn't go in a different direction but after watching the trailers maybe that was to be expected. It's very hard to top Hangover; Part II is a nice effort and comes somewhat close. That's probably why many say it's not as good as the first, with Hangover viewers didn't really have any expectations, and with Part II it's different. As much as it stays to close to the first film I have to say I laughed out loud plenty of times and had a great time.Some people will have high expectations and I think Part II is a good as a sequel to The Hangover can be. You can fault it for sticking to close to the first but it remains hilarious and a sequel worth watching for someone who like me, has a Hangover poster on their wall. I think Bangkok is definitely worth the trip,4/5 stars.