Review: The Hangover Part II (2011)

| 26 May , 2011 | Reply

Keeva Stratton

Directed by: Tod Phillips
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Joeng & Jamie Chung

The Wolfpack is back, and this time they\’re doing it Thai-style! When Stu (Helms) is set to marry his beautiful Thai bride, the ‘Pack\’ embark on what should be a relaxing trip to a remote Thai island. But, when one harmless beer sees them waking up in a rundown Bangkok hotel, it soon becomes apparent that it has all gone awry, and with the bride\’s little brother missing (with only his finger to be found) the Wolfpack are once again charged with piecing together the pressing mystery of the night before, in what again proves to be outrageously hysterical fashion.

After the huge success of the original Hangover film, many will naturally ask ‘can they do it again?\’ And the answer is an emphatic, yes! In a film that is simply so wrong, it becomes oh so right—equal parts shock, thrill and ‘did that really just happen?\’ You can\’t help but chuckle, chortle, snort and snicker to the hysterical hijinks, unrelenting toilet humour and sinister slapstick that befall our intoxicated leading lads.

Bangkok is of course the perfect location to get into a whole world of trouble. In playing out every imaginable stereotype, as only the Hangover crew can, Bangkok provides ample opportunity for even madder misadventure than Vegas before it. From gender bending bars to meditating monks, no one is safe.

Special mention must go to Zach Galifianakis, who plays Alan, for creating a character who delivers one brilliantly crafted laugh after another, over and over again. When he causally declares that he\’s a ‘stay at home son\’, one can\’t help but appreciate the talent that is needed to sustain the comedic dynamic for this crazy adventure.

Beyond funny, the Hangover Part II is undeniably enjoyable, and perhaps arguably therapeutic, cinema. It\’s a rowdy experience as each scene is met by audible gasps, snorts and belly laughs from its audience. There are shocks, thrills and spills a plenty—it\’s certainly not for the easily offended, but if you enjoyed the first, then this is one hangover you\’ll happily endure again.

The Hangover Part II is in cinemas from today (Thursday May 26th).

Keeva

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