‘The Wolfpack is back’ – the tagline was kept the audiences evoked to rush for the movie as the first part witnessed an incredulous success in global box office. Especially in India, the crowds thronged to the theatres and in Chennai the film touched nearly the mark of 100 days. Well maybe, it’s because the buffs of real life hangovers and moreover, the film boasts of some surprising comedies. The film also paved way for the success for the actors Bradley Cooper, Zack Galifianakis and Ed Helms as they become more popular. With Bradley Cooper carrying out with some of the best hits like ‘A-Team’ and recent release ‘Limitless’, the expectations became bigger than before.
But what’s little disappointing with Part ll is that filmmaker Todd Philips has tried working out the same styled formula. Everything is same except the location that is set in the backdrops of Thailand. While the first part had the best rib-tickling comedies, this one limits itself to meager degree.
Following a roller-coaster funny ride in Las Vegas, the trio sets out for yet another bachelor party and as expected ‘It’s happening again’ as they lose the memories of previous night’s misadventures. Now it’s about the regaining the way they passed and find the lost one.
The first part had whole lots of surprises that include – Tiger in the bathroom, A missing tooth, marrying a stripper and many more. But this one doesn’t bring such elements that are catering to the tastes of universal audiences, but merely for the adults. Especially, you’ll find them more in the final credits through the montage shots. The only innovative factor in the film is the chain-smoking monkey.
Zack Galifianakis had stolen the show in his previous version and this time, he doesn’t get a prominent character. But again, there are some enjoyable sequences involving the actor.
On the whole, ‘Hangover II’ is a mediocre drama that we had already watched. So it’s best to experience it over the satellite channels or home videos. The film is running house-packed for its overflow of First part and there isn’t anything interesting to enjoy here, except few. Instead you watch the previous part at your home videos for its cost efficient and assures of 100% entertainment.
What works: Very few enjoyable scenes, Bradley Cooper, Zack at few portions
What doesn’t work: Story, Adult theme, Screenplay that has Deja vu effect
Verdict: Why would you watch the same film again after 2years?Banner: Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures, Green Hat Films
Production: Daniel Goldberg, Todd Philips
Direction: Todd Philips
Star-casts: Bradley Cooper, Zack Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha and others
Music: Christophe Beck
Cinematography: Lawrence Sher