Here is a review:
Dir: Todd Phillips
Coming from the ‘Frat Pack’ school of thought, The Hangover nails dumb comedy to a Las Vegas flag pole and swings it around violently.
When we flash back two days to their road trip to Vegas for a bachelor party where we meet the gang.
1. Groom Doug who plays the everyman (Or the Mitch Martin seen in Old School role).
2. Schoolteacher and maverick smooth talker Phil (The out there Vince Vaughn/Luke Wilson role).
3. Steady, reliable dentist Stu (The worrier, the Kyle from Road Trip).
4. Last but not least Alan who holds the film together like really strong cement (The Will Ferrell mentalist role).
Sporting a Joaquin Pheonix beard Zach Galifianakis steps up the role of the crazed, insane and generally special character greatly. A joy to watch so far as to say this is the likes of what made John Belushi a true force to be reckoned with. He plays the clueless, special guy who holds the character well for a more sincere feel. He also pulls the best comedy lines also throughout.
The film roars through comic situations that just what happens in Vegas when you get drunk. It is a crazy place and where these type of madcap things can happen. Phew. It is comedy a mile a minute there. It is wild. Raaaarrr.
What you must say to this is that is is a slick production. The quality of how it is shot is there, it is well edited to make the Road Trip mad adventure all work out. Even when some of the script goes wayward, comedy situations bring it back around for the audience.
It would have been super to see some of the happenings of the bachelor party instead of piecing together all the incidence and feels like an opportunity had been missed. We have a perfectly executed pull back and reveal in place that keeps you watching. I wasn’t convinced by the film but, it did provide solid comedy entertainment. That’s until everything worked out and lived happily ever after. The conventional ending is needed for this particular audience.
The storyline is a definite bi-product of a Judd Apatow film warehouse whereby actors were chosen to fill the usual roles. They managed to make the roles halfway convincing, therefore the film hits the mark for its target audience.
Todd Phillips has certainly stuck to what he knows best. Be sure to keep track of his future exploits in the next couple of years. This includes ‘Old School: Dos‘.
“It’s not on par with Wedding Crashers, but it’s a good laugh.”
Andy Roddick on preparing for his first round match by watching the film The Hangover.
See if you like: Frat House, Role Models, Old School, Road Trip, Superbad, Knocked Up, Semi Pro or any of the other ones.
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