I’ve heard that there are people out there who are upset about The Hangover II. Apparently, they feel that this is just a rehashing of The Hangover and don’t happen to like that. Regardless whether there is any truth to what they are saying, I have to say that I really don’t understand these people. I just don’t get what they are upset about.
First off, I got to see The Hangover II and I actually liked it. Sure, it was a bit derivative off of the first movie. Sure, it shared some pretty similar plot elements. Sure, I think I still preferred the first movie if I had to pick between the two. However, I still enjoyed watching the movie. It was still funny.
Frankly, I’m a bit baffled by the fact that anyone is upset at all. I mean, the sort of people who go in for The Hangover II aren’t usually the sort of people who worry about whether a sequel really adds anything original. It’s not exactly like the first movie was supposed to be some groundbreaking cinematographic masterpiece. No, it was supposed to be a funny little movie with some sexual humor. And it was, just like the sequel.
Further, what did people think there really was to do with a sequel? All there really was available was to revisit the theme set out in the first one. That’s part of what is funny, that this is all happening again. What were they expecting? A love story? Character growth? It isn’t that sort of movie and it never was.
Regardless, I thought The Hangover II managed to vary their themes when possible while still staying within the framework set down by the first movie. I was surprised they were able to do that much. At least they didn’t try to do something completely new and disappoint everyone who came to the movie hoping for exactly what was presented. It was fun and I don’t think anyone should have been expecting any more than that.
All in all, I think the people who are complaining about The Hangover II weren’t the people who were supposed to watch it. I’m betting they didn’t enjoy the first movie either. In my humble opinion, they should go watch another movie if they didn’t want to watch this one. I’m not forcing them to watch so they can go watch Harry Potter or whatever it is they like and they can leave me alone to watch this movie. ‘Nuff said.