You’d think these guys would’ve learned their lesson the first time.
I’m talking about Warner Bros., not the cast of “The Hangover: Part II.”
The first film was successful, and for good reason. It follows three men who wake up in a destroyed Las Vegas hotel room, minus one friend and a nightful of memories. What follows is their attempt to reconstruct a drunkenly epic evening as the trio retraces their steps in hopes of finding not only a missing groom but also the meaning behind the tiger in the bathroom, the baby in the closet and the naked man in the trunk of their car. It’s funny, but it’s also a very appealing male fantasy.
My issue with the sequel is that, at least from these clips, it looks like the same movie … but in Bangkok. A monkey replaces the baby, a tattoo replaces a broken tooth and Stu’s fiancée’s younger brother replaces the groom. At least this time (SPOILER ALERT) they decide to check the roof first.
It’s a little too early to tell for sure, but it seems as if “Hangover” is falling into the same sequel-crazy, money-making trap that’s destroyed the names of so many good (or at least entertaining) films. Case in point: “Home Alone” — how many times does a young boy need to be left behind before Child Services intervenes (coming soon to theaters: “Home Alone 5: The Government Took My Baby”)?
Or how about every horror film franchise known to man?
I’m sure “Hangover 2” will be hilarious, just like “Halloweens” 2-through-whatever were scary, but sacrificing story and creativity for the sake of ‘blockbusting’ (while the idea will always exist) just doesn’t sit well with me.
Our favorite band of wasty-fasted hooligans returns to the big screen May 26.