Relax Everyone, HANGOVER II Tattoo Bull**** That Never Mattered Still Doesn’t Matter | CHUD.com
Victor Whitmill, the tattoo artist asking for an injunction against the release of The Hangover II, has failed in his first quest- the film will be released on schedule. Considering the lengths and expense to which Warner Brothers has gone to market the film, the wide variety of copyright defenses they’ll have available to them, and all of the secondary and tertiary business and individuals that stood to lose out if the film was halted, it was never likely that the injunction would succeed. Screenings and marketing have progressed as normal and now its (surely massive) opening will continue this weekend.
The story isn’t over- there is still a case that will be heard, and it will apparently be expedited so that a conclusion can be reached before DVD and other home video returns are a factor. The judge remains open to hearing the artist’s case as he attempts to prove he has a legitimate, relevant copyright and that the tattoo in the film is similar. From all accounts he can do both, but Warner Brothers has a lot of arguments, not least of which is that Mike Tyson’s presence in the film creates an implied parody (spoiler, if you’re silly). They also have plenty of muscle with which they can go after his original claim of copyright over an image on someone’s skin, considering that the person has actually been involved in the franchise.
I’m not usually one to root against the little guy, but it’s completely valid that the film not being released would **** a hell of a lot more people than one high-profile tattoo artist. If his case is fully legitimate, then he’s not going to walk away from all of this without some cash in his pocket, and there is a definitely an argument for both ends of this case. Now it can proceed in court and get decided the old-fashioned way: by whose lawyers are better.
So you can see The Hangover II this weekend. The question is if you really want to. Nick and I saw it last night, and… well… we’ll let you know soon.
The Hangover 2 (2011) Movie Review | BeyondHollywood.com
For all of the film’s faults, “The Hangover 2” is worth a look—especially to fans of raunchy humor, and especially if you can temper any expectations—but it is inconsistent, repetitive, and simply doesn’t quite measure up. It’s going to be a hit, there’s no question about that, it’s exactly what people want it to be, the first movie all over again. I loved “The Hangover”, I thought it was brilliant, but while the sequel is better than I feared it might be, it’s played out, and nothing to write home about.
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But is it funny? Well, yeah: If you laughed at the first film, this one is about as funny as it was, only you’ve seen it already. Jokes tend to lose their power once repeated. You could just rewatch The Hangover on HBO and get the exact same amount of enjoyment out of watching The Hangover Part II, minus the moral outrage at having been ripped off. Add your own lame trans-gendered prostitute jokes to the original, and you’ll never even know the difference.
The Hangover Part II: Movie Review
The Hangover Part II functions more as a remake than sequel – there was really no story to tell, and it would be hard to justify getting these characters back together again, regardless. But as they couldn’t find a more interesting angle than “let’s just do the second one in Bangkok” you get exactly what you’d expect, for better or ill. To that end, it’s not as perfunctory as the recent Pirates sequel, but that’s rather faint praise. That the film is going to make at least $200 Million dollars domestically means that the sequel was a smart move on Warner Brothers part. At the same time, the film may end up being more of a Pyrrhic victory if it annoys audiences and spoils the goodwill of the first one. If it does do over $200, then a third one will surely be in order, and likely it’ll be the sort of film where everyone says they learned from the mistakes they made on the second one.
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