Saturday, May 28, 2011

Hangover 2: Same shit, different year (and I mean SAME shit)

The Hangover still stands in my mind as one of the greatest comedies ever made. It is just so fucking good. The day it became available on On Demand cable I watched it 3 times, and at least once a day (if not more) every day after for the next few weeks. That movie is just full of comedic goodness, it never gets old.

I anxiously awaited the sequel with great anticipation, but also a bit of trepidation- how the Hell could you possibly follow a movie that good? A tough feat indeed that only few accomplish successfully; trying to recapture the magic of the original, balancing the tightrope of paying homage and still being fresh (Boondock Saints 2, for example).

The opening scene was nearly identical, shot for shot, right down to using a Danzig song. To me, that was a great move. There's no way you can come up with a better opening than the first one so why not use that same opening? It didn't come off as cheap or hacky, either, just the perfect tribute to a fantastic comedy. Sort of tipping it's hat to it's own roots.

But it was kind of downhill from there. There's a fine line between giving a nod to your predecessor and just lazily copying it. Let's check the scorecard:
  • Stu's face fucked up? check
  • Gotta find someone they lost? check
  • Alan accidentally roofied them? check
  • Ken Jeong's weiner? check
  • Stu falls for a stripper? check
  • Somehow in possession of a tiny mammal? check
  • Ken Jeong leaps out of a small space and attacks them? check
  • Stu sings a song about them as they retrace their steps? check
  • Tyson? check
  • Tyson singing? double check
  • ending with "Hey guys, I found some pictures from last night" check
I realize the pictures at the end of the first one was one of the highlights, but if you're going to carbon-copy replicate the opening scene, you can't do it again at the end. Be creative for fuck's sake. Find a new way to do it. Just waaaaaaaaaaaay too copy-cat of the whole fucking movie.

Not horrible, but not worth $8. Don't get me wrong- it had some great moments, like Alan's flashback, but not enough of those moments to carry the movie. Wait for cable.

1 comment:

  1. I totally agree! Just back from the cinema. That was one of the worst movies Ive ever seen. Surprisingly, people around me were laughing and laughing and I was getting bored and bored.. and bored.