Hangover 2 manages to do just that - except the gasps were more dramatic, the laughs more hysterical and my jaw spent most of the film on the floor. The shocks and twists that take place are more crazy, more ridiculous and more bizarre than the first - but surely this is to be expected. The makers had to up the ante somehow. The casual marriage to a prostitute in 1 was made cutesy by casting Heather Graham and a baby. In 2, there is a prostitute.... but there is nothing cutesy about this one (well it is Bangkok). And this time round, it is not a grown man that is lost, it's the 16 year old genius younger brother of Stu's Thai bride.
What really annoyed me was that poor old Doug didn't get to play this time around. In the first film, he was the one lost so it made sense not to include him. But why not include him in this one? The makers clearly wanted to keep the wolf pack as it was in 1 but I don't see why he couldn't have got in on the action a little.
|A little treat for the Bradley Cooper fan club :)|
There are brilliant guest appearances and twists at every turn so you really do just have to roll with it and not question it too much. To say any more would give the plot away and as you will know from Hangover 1, the plot is the genius. The main difference between the two films is that the first seemed plausible. It was mad but you believed that it could have happened on a night out. The second one is beyond ridiculous. It passes all sense of plausible quite quickly but once you let reason out the window, you can just sit back and enjoy the ride.
So let me leave you with this. It's a bunch of lads (and Alan) doing what lads do - but in Bangkok. It's more horrifying than silly. But it does what it sets out to do with laughs, shocks and crazy plot twists.
3.5 out of 5 FOBLES