Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Tuesday’s Top Trailer: The Hangover Part II

Welcome to a weekly feature here at Movies with Abe, Tuesday's Top Trailer. One of my favorite parts about going to see movies is the series of trailers that airs beforehand and, more often than not, the trailer is far better than the actual film. Each week, I'll be sharing a trailer I've recently seen. Please chime in with comments on what you think of the trailer and how you think the movie is going to be.

The Hangover Part II – Opening May 26, 2011

Now that Oscar season is done and I’ll now be posting this series on a weekly basis again, I wanted to make sure that I was starting out with a film that is both highly anticipated by me and others and that had an extraordinarily well-done trailer. Lo and behold, I caught this trailer, which has been on the web for about a week, on the home page of IMDB. I saw the first film long after it was a sensation, sometime around December 2009 when it was on DVD. I enjoyed it a whole lot, and it’s not exactly the kind of film that seems set up for a sequel. Yet the premise is fun and the characters are a blast, and this trailer does a perfect job of overselling the hype while underselling the visuals. Providing snippets of glowing reviews, including “Now this is what I’m talking about” from Roger Ebert, is going to elicit a huge positive response in theaters when people see this trailer unaware of what it’s advertising. The sight of the three guys, again minus Doug, is just enough to indicate that it’s worth revisiting these characters. The music is terrific, and the dialogue is choice as well. Alan’s excited declaration of their reunion followed immediately by Stu’s hopeless “Oh God!” is a terrific reminder of just why these characters work, and the how and why of their situation is exactly the reason to go see the movie. Memorial Day is still a long way off, but this film is going to be a monumental hit, and from the looks of it, it might be quite hilarious as well. It’s not for everyone, sure, but it did win the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical. Can this film survive becoming a franchise? I think it could.

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