The Hangover Film Review

Monday, June 08, 2009

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Just like those stag nights I’ve attended in Newcastle, but that’s another story for another time. Being stuck in a desert is not everyone’s idea of a good time, but these fellas make the most of the gambling and pleasure capital of the world. Freed from the chains of domestic life, everything goes a little mental, leaving an almost permanent haze and fear of the unexplained.

Refreshingly The Hangover does not show you the misdemeanours of the bachelor party, instead concentrating on the after-effects and trying to piece together the events of the night before. Few answers are provided until the very end, Todd Phillips preferring to keep viewers guessing until the end credits role. The actual trip of remembrance is hit and miss. The characters form an unlikely bond and slowly, shamefully, the fog clears.

Generally the audience enjoyed the film, laughing for the majority of gags it produces. I actually felt it missed the mark on several occasions; too many characters were introduced before moving onto the next event in a rapid procession. Phillips does keep you guessing, with genuine laughs and regular forays into the gutter, with some candid visuals. Coming from the director that started his career filming GG Allin, this should come as no surprise.

The Hangover will score with the youth of today; it does possess more substance than Road Trip, American Pie and other genre offerings and similarly will do well on DVD, no doubt in an ‘extreme’ edition.

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