Saturday, May 28, 2011

Spotlight: Hangover 2 (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifiankis, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, Paul Giamati, Mason Lee)

Hello everyone, I am sorry I haven’t been post much news as of late. I did however see the new Hangover 2 last night and I enjoyed it. So I thought I’d get my review up now, before I forgot to do it, so here it is!

This movie is the sequel to the first Hangover which came out in two years ago. Todd Phillips directed this movie and it was produced and distributed by Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Studios respectively. I must say, for a sequel this movie is not bad at all.

The movie has the same stars as the first film, but for those of you who haven’t seen the first. The main four men in this film are named Phil, Stu, Alan, and Doug. Their actors are Bradley Cooper (Wedding Crashers, A-Team, Limitless), Ed Helms (The Office, The Daily Show, Semi Pro), Zach Galifianakis (Dinner for Schmucks, Due Date, Youth In Revolt), Justin Bartha (Gigli, Failure To Launch, Nation Treasure) respectively. Returning for his role as Leslie Chow is Ken Jeong (Knocked Up, Role Models, Despicable Me). Paul Giamatti (Man On The Moon, Saving Private Ryan, Sideways, Cinderella Man, Shoot ‘Em Up) is also in this movie as one of Ken Jeong’s business partner, no spoiler alerts here. Also Jamie Chung (Princess Protection Program, Sorority Row, Grown Ups, Sucker Punch) plays Lauren, who is Stu’s fiancée, and Mason Lee (in his first major role) plays her brother Teddy. Mike Tyson also returns in the sequel.

Like the first film, the guys are getting ready for one of their weddings. This time it is Stu who is getting married to his fiancée, Lauren. The wedding is to take place in Thailand, because this is where Lauren’s family is from. The first scene is Phil calling to say they messed up again but the movie then cuts to a week before. At first Stu wanted a safe bachelor party, so he decided against going all out and opted to just have breakfast at iHop. Phil doesn’t like this idea and later convinces him they will have a true bachelor party, drug free, when they get there. This however is before they found out that Doug is begging them to bring Alan along again. Although Stu doesn’t want them to take Alan, he finally gives in. All is well other then Alan interrupting a toast at a pre-wedding dinner, although Phil quickly fixes the situation. The four guys go have a fire and one beer and marshmallow, but bring along Lauren’s brother Teddy. This is when we switch scenes to a dirty apartment and they’re not sure what happened to bring them there. Stu has a tattoo, they find Teddy’s finger, and they also find a monkey and their, apparently now acquaintance, Chow. This is where their journey begins.

This movie is really funny when you understand what you are going into. If you have seen the first Hangover, then you already know that the Wolf Pack will be up to some sort of shenanigans. I do not understand why people did not like this movie. I have seen negative reviews and also one person who didn’t like the fact that they used racial slurs in the films. The monkey that is in Night At The Museum is in this film and PETA, of course, did not like the use of the animal for entertainment use. What about all those movies with the sports playing dogs? Would that also be entertainment, since it is a movie? Many reviewers, including Rotten Tomatoes, have said that this sequel is basically like the first one, just in a different setting and without the element of surprise. This movie made me laugh and I think that they did good, sine most sequels are not as good as their originals. They tried to step higher on the obscene scale and they were able to pull it off. Of course this movie is not for all audiences, but that goes for every film. Everyone has different interests and just because it doesn’t appeal to you doesn’t mean you should try anyway possible to be negative about it.

Now that my small rant is over, I suggest you see this movie if you liked the first one. The second one will be good if you understand the comedy behind the actors and the writers. Todd Phillips also stated that they are planning on filming a third movie. I give this movie a five out of five and I don’t care if you don’t agree!

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