by Keith Kilburn
Hangover III (Now in theaters…)
I think that I should preface this review by talking a little bit about how I hate the current trend in Hollywood where seemingly every movie has to be a part of a trilogy. You can tell those that were supposed to be part of a larger story from those who were just cashing in on the audience to make a little more money.
‘American Pie’, ‘The Godfather’, and ‘The Hangover’ series.
These are all prime examples of movies that didn’t need a trilogy to tell them, trilogies are designed to be used in large overarching storylines that give us a wider view of the world that the film maker has created. ‘Star Wars’ benefited from Trilogies as it allowed us as an audience to see that world in the vast storybook fashion that George Lucas designed it to be seen in complete with a chapter-serial look and ambiance. The ‘Lord of the Rings’ movies (due to the nature of the book series…) was designed to be a trilogy, despite liberties taken with the source materials, I would however argue that Peter Jackson’s return to the money-making coffers that J.R.R. Tolkien’s books seem to be cinematically, is nothing short of whorish in his efforts to turn ‘The Hobbit’ into a trilogy of movies, equaling a nine hour spectacle.
Now I saw the original ‘Hangover’ in the theaters and while it was funny at times, it really wasn’t anything special. I wasn’t the least bit surprised when ‘Hangover II’ came out because as I am fond of saying “There is money in them-there hills…” and Hollywood if anything prides itself on taking your hard earned money just to make the same damn movie, over and over again. ‘Hangover II’ was the just ‘Hangover’ in another country and while this current installment changes the plot slightly it continues to bury itself deeply into the realm of un-believability.
So the meat of the story? A member of the wolf-pack gets kidnapped and the rest of them are forced to play ‘Hardy Boys’ to find twenty-one million dollars in stolen gold and ‘Chow’ the crazed-naked-drug-using-sexual-abusing-dope-fiend who once leapt out of the back of a Cadillac in the first movie. That’s the movie summed up in fifty words of less.
This movie wastes the talent of the actors involved, the time of the audience and your money. Spare yourself the time and money spent and watch something else, anything would have been better than having to sit through this dreck a third (and hopefully?) final time.
1 star out of 5, Stu is a Doctor…not a Dentist.
Remo Williams, The Adventure Begins (Now on Netflix…)
Adapted from a long series of novels called ‘The Destroyer’ series that was started in 1972 by Richard Sapir and Warren Murphy, this rather light adaption takes one former beat cop and turns him into the execution arm of ‘CURE’ an organization so secret that it operates black ops style by funneling money from F.E.M.A. to fight crime by breaking the constitution in order to enforce it.
The books are pretty racist with one of the characters (a south Korean master of a mystic martial art…) hating on everyone and anyone referring to their country of origin, their dietary habits and past indiscretions. How the series ever survived to modern day, in a world as politically correct as ours has become, I will never know but the movie is but a pale shadow compared to the book series with only the tiniest sliver of the book showing through to us.
The movie deals with government corruption and martial arts, something that 80’s action films seem to know something about. It has Wilford Brimley, Fred Ward and Captain Janeway from Star Trek Voyager as members of the cast.
Is it a believable and worthy movie to rush right out and watch? I guess that would depend on how much cheese you like with your movie going experience. This is a light hearted romp of a movie of a cult-classic sort that gets brought up from time to time with my friends as well as fellow gaming geeks, comic book aficionados and Remo Williams’s fans alike.
3 stars out of 5, all praise to the house of Sinanju…
Keith Kilburn and his wife, Dawn, live in Leesburg with two cats and dog named Godzilla. He’s written for Herorealm.com before they were bought out by corporate interests and has written a novel that he’s working on publishing. It’s rumored that he’s seen more movies than Blockbuster rents in a year and knows more about comic books than Stan Lee himself!