Movie Trailer Review
By our guest blogger, Joe Oliveto
Well, if it’s not broke, don’t fix it, right?
The latest trailer for “The Hangover Part II” makes it abundantly clear to viewers that we should expect the film to follow the exact same formula that the first film followed. Fortunately, last time around, that formula worked terrifically, and with all the key ingredients back in—same characters, same premise, same style of comedy—we’d be surprised if this film doesn’t end up being as entertaining as the first.
It can be difficult for a trailer to truly express how funny a movie will or will not be—sometimes the jokes need the proper set-up for them to be effective—but honestly, there were definitely some moments in this trailer that could reasonably have you laughing at loud. Mainly, they are the smaller, character-based gags: Alan mispronouncing “Thailand,” Stu freaking out over a tattoo, Mr. Chow being Mr. Chow, etc.
Some may be disappointed that this film will be an obvious rehash of the original, but it's not like “The Hangover” boasted an especially original plot in the first place. Just as all “Indiana Jones” films ultimately involve some arbitrary MacGuffin to make an excuse for the action scenes, “The Hangover” set up a pretty basic idea—hungover buddies search for their missing friend—and then let the talented performers do their thing. It looks like we can expect the same type of movie this time around, and we think that's a good thing.
We just hope that director Todd Philips manages to bring his A-game. As a filmmaker, he’s somewhat inconsistent; whereas “The Hangover” was comedy gold, “Due Date” was disappointing.
Still, for the most part, we think we’re safe in assuming that this will be another hysterical film, and we look forward to its release.
View the trailer below. Thoughts?