There’s not long left to wait now before the conclusion to what can only be described as a series of small-scale disaster movies; The Hangover Part III hits theaters with Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, Mike Tyson and Heather Graham all reuniting, along with a new adversary played by John Goodman.
If you’re eager to see behind-the-scenes footage of Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis dangling off a balcony in front of a green screen, or the main actors trading snark between takes, then look no further than this new featurette we have for you today.
The Hangover Part III picks up after the end of the last film, with Alan mourning the death of his father and subsequently falling into a mid-life crisis that prompts him to buy – and quickly lose – a giraffe. His concerned friends persuade him to get psychological help at a clinic called New Horizons, but whilst on the road they get rudely interrupted by a crime boss (Goodman) and his henchmen, who kidnaps Doug and threatens to kill him unless Alan and the others track down Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong) and get back some money that he stole.
The featurette also expounds a little on the relationship between the ‘Wolfpack’ of Galifianakis, Cooper, Phillips, Helms and Bartha in real life, and the dynamic that they have when working together on the set of a Hangover movie. One of the biggest things that The Hangover Part III has going for it is the chemistry between its leads – though with that comes the challenge of bringing something fresh to the table for the third film in the series, since we’ve all seen these guys – and their characters – team up on similar adventures before.
Unlike The Hangover and The Hangover Part II, however, it looks like the latest film doesn’t actually center around a party gone awry and an eponymous hangover, which might make the title a little misleading, but could be a step forward for the final chapter. One of the main criticisms of The Hangover Part II was that it retread too much ground from the first film, trying to make old ideas seem new simply by making them more extreme.
Has Phillips taken the criticisms to heart and brought something new to the table for the third instalment? The return of perennial lunatic Chow, the Las Vegas setting and the repeated end goal of trying to find a lost or kidnapped friend aren’t all that promising, and there weren’t many real laugh-out-loud moments in the trailer, but perhaps Phillips and co. will manage to pull everything together for the conclusion to this saga.
Are you ready for the Wolfpack? Let us know if you’re planning to be the first person to take your seat, or if you’re planning to skip this one altogether, in the comments.
The Hangover Part 3 will be in theaters on May 24, 2013