8:00 PM, 26th July, 2013
It’s been four years since The Hangover took the box-office by storm and now the Wolf Pack is back for the third and final instalment of the popular movie franchise. Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook), Ed Helms (The Office) and Zach Galifianakis (Due Date) all return to the roles that made them household names, and there are plenty of other familiar faces back on board too.
Following the death of Alan’s (Galifianakis) father and his increasingly erratic behaviour, his friends decide that it is finally time to check him into a rehabilitation clinic. On their way there however, John Goodman (Argo), playing a ruthless gangster seeking revenge for the earlier crimes of Leslie Chow (Ken Jeong) in the first two films, abducts the gang and demands that they track down Chow or face deadly consequences.
One of the major gripes with the second instalment was that it basically recycled the plot from the first movie, set it in a different location and added cruder jokes. The third film takes a new direction and follows a slightly different formula that is certainly refreshing, although the line between comedy and action thriller is sometimes blurred.
Fans of the series will not be disappointed; there are plenty of laughs to be found here. The change in pace and formula is a welcome surprise and whilst the running time might be a tad long and the heavy focus on Ken Jeong’s character can be tiresome, the film is a fitting finale to the trilogy and is definitely worth a viewing.
9:55 PM, 26th July, 2013
We’ve previously shown the original Scary Movie (which was dreadful) and Scary Movie 3 (which wasn’t) – and now we’re showing this one. I could pretend we’re deliberately showing only the odd-numbered movies in some perverse kind of practical joke. But I think I can safely reveal some of the Film Group’s secrets for this semester without anyone minding too much. The truth is, 35mm prints are on the way out, and before we go digital next semester, we’re taking what we can get. For some reason, someone thought it was worth striking a 35mm print of this film. (For some people this might be the last 35mm screening they ever see! A sobering thought.)
And I’ll be there. How bad can it be? Okay, it could be pretty bad – but how much do you really care? These parodies of whatever movies the writers saw last week serve their purpose whether they’re good or not. With a series of knowing references to every horror movie made since the last Scary Movie (and some non-horror movies, like Inception and Rise of the Planet of the Apes), the writers aim to make us feel superior to the genre. If they fail, we can at least feel superior to the writers. Either way, we’re winners!
Speaking of which, there’s a cameo from Charlie Sheen. And, in the same movie, Lindsay Lohan! Together at last! You can’t pass up on the opportunity of a sighting like this, if only to make sure that both performers are breathing.