Saturday we picked Cindy up at LAX and trekked back up to Big Bear. The day was relatively uneventful, but I was looking forward to going out and seeing Hangover 2. I used to write movie reviews for our high school paper and thought that might be something I could do as an adult. I was a pretty good writer, I liked movies and for better or worse, I certainly was a critic.
Did I go in with expectations? Yeah, I wanted to laugh. Did I think I was going to be as surprised as I was with the original? No. Did that matter so much for me? No. I wanted to laugh. And given how much I enjoy Zach Galifianakis, with his “Between Two Ferns” series on “Funny or Die”, I figured I would laugh. And I did, a lot.
Back to that question of originality, when the Hangover 2, opens in an almost identical shot and set up as the first one, it is not unoriginal, so much as being a perfect set up. The characters who would behave in the manner that they did in the first Hangover are likely to repeat their misbehaviors and mistakes, particularly because in the original all turned out well in the end. No harm no foul. And they do make these same mistakes or Bangkok versions of them, and it works again. Not as well as the first time around because we do know what is coming, more or less, and in order to make it seem new and fresh, situations get pushed beyond plausibility and even less thought seems to go into some of the repercussions of their irresponsible actions. But I did laugh a lot, so my expectation was met and my money well spent.