Like the teaser poster revealed just yesterday, this teaser makes it abundantly clear that this third installment is meant to be the last in Todd Phillips's trilogy chronicling mayhem and bad behavior. In addition to reinforcing the finality of The Hangover Part III, this trailer exudes confidence in its product, the kind of confidence that comes with being part of a franchise that has earned more than a billion dollars globally.
It basically feels more like a trailer for a direct sequel to The Hangover, emphasizing the centrality of Las Vegas and implicitly promising to do away with the "We've got to find this person before the wedding but don't remember what happened" premise. Justin Bartha doesn't get much screentime, but Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and especially Zack Galifianakis have more to do. Returning actors like Ken Jeong and Heather Graham have a moment or two, while both John Goodman and Melissa McCarthy make big impressions as they pop up very briefly.
The trailer is mostly the Galifianakis show, though. That's not surprising, since Phillips, who co-wrote the film with his The Hangover Part II collaborator Craig Mazin, has said, "The Hangover Part III is Alan's story. He's going through a crisis
after the death of his father, [and] the Wolfpack is all he has.''
Based on the trailer, it would seem that Alan inherits a chunk of cash. Perhaps he heads to Vegas in the hopes of a victory that will wipe the slate clean and symbolically burn Vegas to the ground, proving that the Wolfpack is stronger than the city that put them through the ringer. Regardless, Alan apparently decapitates a giraffe, so that's something.
While our first look at footage from The Hangover Part III gives only hints at the story, it does look appropriately unhinged. Hopefully the sequel doesn't involve Alan drugging his compatriots yet again.
We'll find out one way or the other on May 24th.