'The Hangover Part 3' is apparently the last film of the series and it looks like it's going out with a bang. The new trailer showcases all kinds of mayhem and debauchery, so much so in fact that it's easy to forget that it doesn't shed much light on what the movie is actually about. In this case though, knowing that it will be full of horrible things happening to Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms is probably enough.
Still, being the inquisitive people that we are, we have a few spoilery questions and observations after watching the trailer.
The 'Hangover' series has wrung comedy out of some pretty pitch-black concepts, so it feels like it's about time that they started killing characters. If the sheer amount of mayhem and destruction in this trailer are any indication, we wouldn't be surprised if more people end up kicking the bucket. Sure, the main members of the Wolf Pack will probably be fine, but what's stopping them from dropping [SPOILER]?
Eagle-eyed viewers (or people who go through it frame by frame) will be able to tell who is in the casket thanks to a quick shot later in the trailer. Otherwise, click here to find out.
What Exactly is Going on?
With the funeral business out of the way, we can delve into the real question raised by this trailer -- What the hell is going on?! The official synopsis for 'The Hangover Part 3' is about as vague as you can get when it comes to plot details, but it implies that Phil, Alan and Stu are going on some kind of road trip. But a road trip to where? And why? Are there even any hangovers in this 'Hangover' movie?
Well, we do know at least one thing about this supposed road trip: they're going back to Las Vegas, where this whole deranged saga began. But why? Of all the places in the world, why retread on familiar territory? This was already a problem in the second film, which was pretty much a remake of the first one but in a new setting. Hopefully, there's more going on than some familiar drunken Vegas mayhem.
We have no idea what's going on here, but we do know that it looks very, very bad. If the trailer is any indication, 'The Hangover Part 3' is going to put its heroes through more torture than the previous two films combined.
The main plot of 'The Hangover' revolved around a missing Doug. Then 'The Hangover Part 2' pushed Doug aside for most of the running time. Now, Doug doesn't appear to be much of a presence in the trailer for 'The Hangover Part 3' at all, which makes us wonder if he'll have anything interesting or important to contribute at all.
Or if they're just going to kill him off.
Who Is John Goodman Playing? And Who Are Those Masked Men?
There's one simple rule about casting John Goodman: if you put him in your movie, your movie is automatically better. Like exponentially better. That's the power of John Goodman. We don't know who he is playing in 'The Hangover Part 3' but we do know that he looks like a pretty nasty SOB since nice guys don't wave guns around and shoot people into pools. Can we safely assume that those menacing masked men seen throughout the trailer work for him?
Why Is Ken Jeong Still Hanging Around?
The 'Hangover' series has bent over backwards to work Ken Jeong's Mr. Chow in the mix, so we can help but wonder what acrobatics 'Part 3's' script has to perform to bring him back into the increasingly unfortunate lives of the Wolf Pack. The fact that he's back for the third time has us very concerned. Has he perhaps teamed up with John Goodman's character to seek revenge against Cooper and company? Considering the backgrounds in the shots of both Jeong and Goodman are the same, it sure looks like it.
With an Oscar nomination under her belt and a smash hit comedy in theaters, Melissa McCarthy is undeniably a star. So it makes sense that the trailer showcases her in what might be little more than an extended cameo. However, we theorized a while back when her casting was first announced, that she might be playing the love interest to Zach Galifianakis' Alan character. And this intimate lollipop scene gives us more ammunition.
When Does a Comedy Stop Being a Comedy?
This trailer is dark, guys. Like super dark. Like "it often stops looking like a comedy and starts looking like a surreal and horrifying journey into madness" dark. It opens with a funeral! The first two films managed to transform increasingly dire and uncomfortable situations into laughs (and massive box office), but is there a line? Is there a point where it gets so dark that the laughs stop coming? Well, the Coen brothers would say no, but we're talking about Todd Phillips here.
Why the Hell Did Alan Buy a Giraffe?
Oh, boy. This is the gag that's going to put PETA on a soapbox for the foreseeable future, huh?