I caught this new The Hangover Part III (5/24) TV spot during the NCAA tournament this weekend and as the words "The Wolfpack Trilogy" popped up on screen I couldn't help but wonder, Who is calling it that? Of course, this is just a studio attempt at branding, but to people fond of film trilogies that manage to accomplish a connection beyond their titles alone this is something else. To escape the name and become something greater is to suggest a certain kind of excellence this franchise has not earned.
Yes, The Hangover was a well-received film and whether it's one you remember fondly or a film that has its place in film history where it should remain is up to you. The Hangover Part II was a dog and now comes The Hangover 3, but at any point do you see the return of Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha for one final film something that warrants any level of exaltation outside of "Here comes one more"?
I also have to ask, am I the only one tired of Ken Jeong's antics? Funny for one film, yes, but the repetitive nature and nails-on-chalkboard reaction I have to his very appearance anywhere at this point is already a ding against this new film as far as I'm concerned and the latest rash of Coke Zero and Miller Lite (or is it Bud Light?) commercials isn't helping any.
Maybe The Hangover 3 will be funny, I hope it is, but let's not get ahead of ourselves.
Oh, and here are a couple of new posters where it's, rightfully, referred to as "The Hangover Trilogy". Yay.