Review: ‘The Hangover ll’ fizzles out!
In case you think that the awesome threesome of Stu, Alan and Phil is back to tickle your funny bone, here’s a word of caution, ‘Hangover II’ will end your hangover!
Directed by Todd Phillips and starring Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Ken Jeong and Paul Giamatti, this time the men are ready to celebrate Stu’s bachelor’s party in Thailand. And yes, Stu also sends invite to his pal Alan (Zach Galifianakis), who has to settle down for a sober bachelor`s party, yet, Stu is ultimately forced to throw a wild beach party where things go a bit out of hand and our men are back in action.
Unlike its prequel, ‘Hangover II’ does not rely too much on highly improbable situation as the entire action relies on utter chaos. With too much of going around; there are gang lords and drug cartels who are chasing Stu, Alan and Phil.
‘Hangover II’ is nowhere close to the brilliance and funny quotient of its prequel despite some great stuff from Stu (Ed Helms), who is bewilderment personified, Alan (Zach Galifianakis), who is fond of a drug-peddling monkey and Phil (Bradley Cooper), who frantically tries to solve the puzzle – how the three men end up in a Bangkok hotel with a monkey and a ringed finger belonging to Stu`s brother-in-law – a Stanford genius who disappears after the beach party makes the story more chaotic. Okay, there is Paul Giamatti, Mike Tyson and Ken Jeong, yet, the film lacks sparks of brilliance.
‘Hangover II’ is good but not as exhilarating and intoxicating as ‘Hangover’.
Ratings: Three cheers for this one!