Watched the new Hangover 3 movie, and while it was nice to see the characters again, it wasn't nearly as good as the previous ones.
Spoilers, if you haven't seen it and plan to, stop now....
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They totally went away from the whole plot of the earlier ones, waking up from a night of crazy stuff and not remembering what happened. The rediscovery of what they'd done was then lost.
(My Plot: Why not do the same thing again, that's what the audience wants, but in a normal setting rather than Vegas/Thailand: several of the guys are married, have something happen at one of their wife's baby shower and they had to find the dad and get to the hospital in time for the birth. It's LA, wake up in the middle of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride or on top of the Hollywood sign. So many celebrities to have fun with.)
One sequence summed up the problems in the whole movie. In the first film, Heather Graham's character was a stripper & escort. In this one she is no longer doing stripping or escorting, is now married and is ~8 months pregnant. And all they did was go to her house and she made a couple phone calls for them. The only real joke was Alan putting his hand on her belly to keep his balance when taking off his shoes.
I have to guess whole sequences were lost to editing or just missed opportunities when writing. (Who's the husband? Wouldn't it be funny to have the new husband meet Stu, who she married in the first movie? Why isn't anything done with her being pregnant?)
There were some bits with Alan and the now older baby from the first movie, maybe that was why they were there? And if some of the stuff was supposed to be touching, part of it was also kinda creepy to me too. (Alan, who they'd made jokes about his huge arrest record for public indecency was alone in a tent with the kid. To go back to the Brick's line in the Anchorman preview before the film: "Always make sure the parent is present when hugging a child")
And I don't remember any murders in the first 2 movies. Crazy ridiculous stuff, but not killing people.
The 30 seconds in the middle of the end credits? That's how I wish this movie had started!