Harold & Kumar “A Holiday Up in Smoke” says it all!
For most of us who have followed the Harold & Kumar franchise as the duo embarks on some of their craziest adventures from white castle to Guantanamo Bay, we finally get to see them back on the big screen wishing us a very merry 3D Christmas with raunchy, irreverent, and still the hit-and-miss Harold & Kumar outing of a Christmas miracle.
The fun part was to see Kumar Patel (Penn) in a full grown beard; his life has turned upside down, hopeless, lost and some how deprived from all social responsibilities as he finds out that his former girlfriend Vanessa is pregnant. On the other hand Harold Lee (Cho) has placed himself a job in Wall Street married to the love of his life but still cannot find respect in the heart of his father-in-law. The two meet up by incident when an unexpected package gets delivered to Kumar’s address. Which later becomes the reason to set on a journey to save Harold’s in-laws prize Christmas tree that goes up in smoke due to a confrontation. In their mission to replace the Christmas tree and cover up Harold’s track rather than coming clean just in time before midnight, they run through New York City faced with more complications and trouble. If you thought running from the Homeland Security in their last movie was a crazy ride of funny experience than think again because this time the chase is on with a bandit of Ukraine gangsters ending up in a life & death situation due to their usual misfortune. So do they get to save the tree and finally Harold finding a place in his father-in-laws good side? Does Kumar change his life around and gets back his soon to be baby’s mother? Does their friendship still sustain or they go their different paths, hence the end of the Harold & Kumar?
Writer John Hurwitz as we all know him from the famous Scary Movie 3 & upcoming American Reunion has displayed the same style of writing that he follows for all his script, a comedy formula that never fails to earn the love from young viewers, but due to lack of experience in the industry compared to other great writers Mr. Hurwitz has been repeating the same format over and over again. If you find sarcastic comedy a bit of a challenge to understand and grasp the double standard meaning behind every joke and their tag line than Hurwitz film is the right choice for you.
The new Harold & Kumar overall story is no different from any of the other Hollywood films where two friends part with each other due to whatever differences they have grown in the past, which later unveils as you sit through the 1 hour 29 minutes of the film. It’s like saying every one knows what happens in a boy meets girl movie right from the start but we always hope the content of the story or direction or style of the film will deliver it as new. So did the makers of Harold & Kumar set it right as per the audience’s expectation? Least I will vouch for the use of Panavision Genesis and Element Technica 3D Rig which gave me my first hand experience of 3D comedy. I know that the 3D market is not a new area of discussion but it has definitely become a common trend in the film industry to cash on. If the rumor that not all sequels make a bad re-run is true than I believe that Harold & Kumar 3 has proven that myth right as the directors have failed to deliver the quality of jokes that was anticipated with lack of originality thus proving that they have run out of ideas.