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The Hangover 2 Is Not Just Toxic Enough

  • Ankur Pathak

    Ankur Pathak (50 DM Points)

    Desimartini | Updated - March 17, 2013 4:53 PM IST
    3.5DM (479 ratings)
    The Hangover 2Watch trailerRelease date : May 27, 2011

    While the sequel was announced amid much ballyhoo, one thing remained clear. A sudden, sleeper hit, which threw largely unknown actors into the Hollywood mainstream, can only limitedly extend itself if it has to prevent itself from contrived stretching. And thats perhaps the best way to define Hangover 2 a victim of the standards it had ambitiously set out for itself, now failing in mirroring its predecessor. Just like the previous weeks money-spinner, the languidly expedited Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

    The landscapes exotic Thailand the venue for Stus wedding. The Asian miss hes chosen is sultry as Bradley Coopers Phil unabashedly comments, Shes got a great rack. Much against Stus (Ed Helms) persistence of skipping the bachelor bash (he compensates with a sophisticated brunch), the men persuade him for a clean only-beer night by the shore. Cut to the next day, Zack Galifianakis Alan wakes up his hair shaven, Stus inked in what resembles a Mike Tyson tattoo, Phil is in the bathtub, and a detached finger with an attached ring is the only lead for Teddy the brides kid brother (played by filmmaker Ang Lesss son Mason Lee). Theres also over-the-top Asian gangsta Mr. Chaow, parading semi-naked (the semi we dont want a peep of), casually sniffing powder.

    Hey, wait a sec, this sounds uncannily familiar! Well, that screenwriters Scot Armstrong and Craig Mazin along with director Todd Phillips were remodelling an already sound project more than evolving it consequentially seems to have cleverly skipped from the razor sharp brain of some smart Warner executive.

    So, they attach a drug-dealing, jacket-flaunting capuchin monkey. Stu realises he made love to a katoe prostitute. Phil gets shot in the arm by Thai mobsters. A monk gets obscenely beyond control, also getting drunk, yet managing to not break his regarded vow of silence. All of this in an impatient, frantic pace as one of them is yelling, I CANT BELIEVE THIS IS HAPPENING AGAIN. And just on the basis of that dialogue, we are supposed to discount the makers for plainly re-hashing the old picture.

    As for the characters which demarcated The Hangover, more than their progression, they drastically, and disturbingly so, devolve becoming caricatures of their own greatness, and once-held surprising spontaneity. This perhaps is the one major flaw of this sequel. Its like running on a treadmill, upping the pace, adding a dash of sadistic humour, and some far in-between one-liners, mainly stolen by Zacks Alan.

    Phil gets shockingly insensitive and excessively carefree. Mouthing vulgarly penned lines, he resembles an out-of-job frustrated middle ager trying to make sense and have fun out of a boringly linear lifestyle fuelling the misadventures. His performance is not stellar, his screen-presence is. The notorious boyish charisma he once held is replaced by a nasty, murky faade.

    Zacks Alan devolves further down as far as his societal mannerisms our concerned. From being plain stupid, he swoops further below to become amusingly obtuse of what his behaviour might cost. And he is tremendously impeccable with that indifferent, guiltless expression, and eccentric fashion. The sole saviour of this mammoth disappointment, director Todd Phillips doesnt compromise on him, giving ample screen footage.

    Dough (Justin Bartha), for good is reduced to having breakfast by the pool and making some calls, best said unimportant. A Mel Gibson cameo was doing the rounds but theres no trace of him. Pity, that.

    For all its hilarity fuming occasional laughter, and far-occasional guffaws, Hangover 2 in its shameless, conventional, commercial motif might still find plenty takers, as is evident by the box-office treasure it has nailed so far. And thats definitely pushing Warner Bros to get in a maddening hurry in finishing a trilogy.

    So, folks - let the law of diminishing returns once again prove its fundamental.

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