Be careful what you wish for. The masses (me included) decried THE HANGOVER PART II for being a less-funny carbon copy of the first movie. Well, THE HANGOVER PART III takes the same cast, the same creative team and breaks free of the original formula—and is somehow even worse than the second movie.
I mean "worse" in terms of being a comedy. I'm not entirely sure what director Todd Phillips was going for with this one, but THE HANGOVER PART III barely qualifies for its intended genre. It's not that the jokes are stupid or fall flat; they're just barely there. It's quite bizarre. Instead, you're left with a run-of-the-mill chase movie, as the Wolf Pack try to track down the elusive (and still annoying) Mr. Chow. It predictably follows the same beats, with scenes set up to push the plot along as opposed to provide any laughs. The only funny and memorable moment in the entire film is the giraffe accident from the trailers, which takes place in the first two minutes. You might crack a smile once in a while, but immediately after the credits rolled I couldn't recall one quotable line or worthwhile scene from what I just watched.
Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms are given nothing to work with here. Even the typically reliable Zach Galifianakis looks bored by the material and the character of Alan and seems to actively be annoying to the audience so as to ensure they don't make a fourth one. (The addition of his romantic interest in Melissa McCarthy is laughably forced and shoehorned in at the last minute.) The great John Goodman is completely wasted as the stock villain and poor Justin Bartha is unbelievably sidelined once again for the entire movie. And worst of all is the larger role given to Ken Jeong's Mr. Chow. I enjoy Jeong on Community and thought Chow made for a memorable minor supporting role in the first one, but the attempt to overkill his one-note annoyance of a character is one of the main detriments of the last two films. There is no reason Chow should still be in this film, let alone be the entire crux of the plot. I don't think anybody wanted that.
As the third and "final" film, the filmmakers do make lazy attempts to weave the narrative in to the plot of the first movie, as if to say, "Look! We set up the rest of this mediocre trilogy long ago!" It's just disappointing this franchise had to turn out like this and hopefully it won't tarnish any enjoyment of the original.
The Blu-Ray also comes with a DVD, UltraViolet copy and a set of completely worthless special features.
Replacing Zach: The Secret Auditions (6:09): Todd Phillips has had enough of Zach Galifianakis' diva behavior and decides to hold tryouts to replace Alan in the third movie. Some special guests make appearances.
The Wolfpack's Wildest Stunts (5:10): The cast and crew talk about their most fun and feared action sequences.
Zach Galifianakis in His Own Words (2:32): Galifianakis briefly discusses the franchise and his place in it.
Pushing the Limits (3:36): Two of the hardest things to work with on a set are children and animals. And this movie had both!
Inside Focus: The Real Chow (5:24): This examines the fact that Ken Jeong has become synonymous with his character Leslie Chow.
Action Mash-Up (1:10): A completely pointless montage of the movie's action scenes.
Extended Scenes (2:03): A few short, barely extended scenes from the film.
Outtakes (7:50): There are some laughs in this gag reel (definitely more than the film itself) but it goes on for too long.
Extra Tidbit: Co-writer Craign Mazin also wrote SCARY MOVIE 3, SCARY MOVIE 4 and SUPERHERO MOVIE.