Hangover – Part 2, The
Stu is getting married and therefore he heads off to Thailand with his friends Doug and Phil as well as Alan who he regrettably has to invite. The guys along with Stu’s soon to be brother-in-law Teddy talk about having another bachelor party, but keeping in mind what happened in Las Vegas last time they decide to have a quiet night at the beach with some drinks and marshmallows.
The next morning, Stu, Alan and Phil wake up in a shady appartment in Bangkok. Doug is back at the resort, but Teddy is missing and to make things worse, they find his finger! Just like last time, they have absolutely no recollection of what happened so decide to trace back their steps and find out where Teddy is before Stu’s soon to be father-in-law hates Stu even more than he already does and blows off the wedding.
Sound and Vision:
Just as you would expect from a recent release, the blu-ray of The Hangover Part II looks truly great when it comes to image quality with inky blacks, great level of detail, near perfect contrast and warm, bright colors.
For a comedy, The Hangover Part II has a very wide sound range and also on Blu-ray this comes over very well. The surrounds are actively used and even the subwoofer gets its piece of the action. This while dialogues never get overwhelmed. You can’t compare it to an action blockbuster of course, but for a comedy, this soundtrack is truly great.
- Unauthorized Documentary: the documentary about the documentary they don’t want you to see about the making of The Hangover Part II
- The Comedy Rhythm of Todd Phillips
- Not Your Everyday Monkey
- Bangkok Tour with Chow
- Action Mashup
- Gag Reel
All in all good for 45 minutes, we get three features that go into more detail about how the movie was made, a fun “documentary” about the horrors of making movies and finally all the action scenes compiled in 46 seconds and the cast having a laugh. Fun.
The Hangover was a great comedy. It had all the right jokes at the right time and the perfect balance between the cast members. As it was such a success, director Todd Phillips was given the go to make a sequel, and as such The Hangover – Part II came to exist. Unfortunately, Phillips didn’t quite make a sequel. He recreated the original movie in a different setting and where the first remains funny even when seeing it again multiple times, this Part 2 manages to get a different result from the exact same jokes; they’re not as funny anymore. Truly weird.
All in all, The Hangover part 2 is not a bad movie, but the expectations were so high after the succesful first movie that this sequel/remake leaves us a bit in the cold. Comedy is all about expectations and The Hangover Part II unfortunately doesn’t manage to fulfill them completely.