It's Better to Travel than Arrive?

"To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive"

Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque, 1881.

"Robert Louis Stevenson speaks utter tosh and has

obviously never flown long haul economy class"

Kristy, first ever blog post, 2011.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Movie Review - Hangover 2

I know what you're thinking, "Movie review?  What?  This is meant to be a travel blog", and you're kind of right.  The only reason I'm posting this is that Hangover 2 was filmed in fabulous Bangkok and we used to live in Bangkok - a little bit of my heart will always be there.

As you know, we live in Germany, and the small town where we live doesn't have a movie theatre.  There is one in our next big town (about 20 minutes away), but they don't play movies in English, so we're a bit starved for latest releases.  The only time we get to see movies is on planes or if we pick up copies in Asia when we're travelling.

The only reason I went to see this movie in Birmingham last week (and dragged hubby and Jim along with me - sorry boys) was because of the Thai connection, and I figure this review might save a few of you forking out for a movie ticket for this very D grade flick.

The movie premise?  Dodgy.  The acting?  Woeful.  The continuity?  Missing.

But, and this is the best bit, it was filmed in amazing Bangkok and it was great to see some of the places we know pop up in the background (and foreground) of the movie.

We saw the Down Under Bar appear in the soi where one of the big fight scenes was filmed, and we've sat in there before, watching the AFL Grand Final.

Sirocco Restaurant at the top of the Lebua Tower featured prominently.

Sirocco at Lebua - fabulous, except when it rains!

We've eaten there before, with Fi & Dave, and had to run for cover when a huge tropical storm hit us.  The staff quickly relocated all diners and their food to an internal restaurant and we got to watch the lashing storm through full length windows for the rest of our meal.

The plot vaguely hangs together, though I did totally break down with hysterical laughter during the "steal the monkey from the drug lord car chase" scene, and had tears running down my face.

Save yourself the money unless you've got a Thai connection, and if you do go to see it and then think about travelling to Bangkok, don't take their clothing tips - you will absolutely melt if you're running around Bangkok in a hoodie!


  1. The movie thing drives me crazy. Sometimes we get desperate to see an English movie so we go to Switzerland, which is stupidly expensive. So--I won't be going to Zurich for Hangover 2 :)

  2. Can't read this. We're going dark on it until we can get to the theater!! So far, we've tried for the last 3-4 weekends. Very soon, we'll give up and wait for the vid.

  3. Babes, wait for the video. But you've got a BKK connection, having visited us when we were there, so it might be more fun for you. Let me know what you think of it.


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