Summer means high-octane movies, and few flicks will offer extreme experiences like the vehicle heists of Fast and Furious 6 and the disarrayed buddy comedy of The Hangover Part III. But so deep into each series, is either film worth watching? Peter Travers offers a qualified yes.
“I had a great time at Fast Five, and now, I had the same kind of great time at [Fast and Furious 6],” Travers says. “So either I’m losing it completely, or I just am in that popcorn-movie summer feeling.” And the action isn’t just limited to cars – expect planes, aircraft carriers, tanks and all sorts of other fast and furious vessels. “After two hours of this, I had a smile on my face,” Travers says of the sixth iteration in the series, which features Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson and Michelle Rodriguez as the former criminal crew now working for the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service in exchange for a clear record.
The Hangover Part III, however, is a big stinker. Despite Travers’ fondness for the first film in the series, this latest update – in which Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Bradley Cooper sort out a classic mixup with Ken Jeong’s Leslie Chow and stolen gold – falls completely flat. In an early scene, Galifianakis’ character Alan Garner takes a “selfie” with a photograph of his father – at his father’s funeral. “That made me laugh,” Travers says. “That was the first time and the last time that I really laughed.”
It’s a poor effort all around. “Nobody seems to be trying in this movie,” Travers says. “I felt like I had a hangover.”