Have you ever had that feeling that maybe you’ve done this before, that maybe you’ve seen that movie for which you just shelled out A$17? Well, maybe you have….
Quite clearly you have. At least when they churned out another No Strings Attached they had the decency to call it Friends With Benefits or when they remade Freaky Friday for the third time they at least called it The Change Up (and waited a few years). Clearly this isn’t a new practice even the Maltese Falcon we’ve come to love was the second remake (even sharing the same name as the original) of a movie based on the Dashiel Hammet novel. Even the Bourne movies were a remake, Hollywood is full of them and some (like the Maltese Falcon) are even better than their predecessors, but with the Hangover they’ve gone a little too far.
Actually, they didn’t go far at all cause it’s the same movie, swap the baby for a monkey, the missing tooth for a tattoo, Las Vegas for Bangkok and they even managed to leave the same guy out of the entire movie again. Even the trailers are almost the same. The first 30 seconds sets up the premise, at second 36 they make a toast, wake up in a trashed room at 42s, at 57s we discover that Ed Helms’ character is missing a tooth/has a tattoo, at 2 mins 7 seconds Ed Helms screams “What is going on?” (not important but they’re the same lenght as well). At this point all I can hope is that they didn’t use the exact same script from the first one by changing all references of Las Vegas into Bangkok and adding ‘Part 2’ on the front cover. Well, at least it crashed and burned and this nasty little experiment has come to an end. Oh right, it made over a $100 million more than the original (which was actually quite funny and put an original spin on an old premise) for a grand total of roughly $581 million. So…
Coming next year: The Hangover Part 3. You know the guys. You know the story. We changed the place. Now give us your money and shut up!