Zoolander 2

"Good"

Zoolander 2 Review


With virtually the same blend of wit and idiocy as the 2001 original, this fashion-scene comedy is funny enough to spark some solid laughter in between the gags that fall flat. The punchlines are simple and the characters paper thin, but this world is so ripe for parody that the rather awkward mix of in-jokes and satire can't help but hit the bullseye every now and then.

Things haven't been great for top supermodel Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) over the past 15 years. His reading school collapsed in tragedy, sending him to live as a "hermit crab" in the wilds of northern New Jersey. And with a facial injury, his cohort Hansel (Owen Wilson) has retired in the wasteland of Malibu. Then Italian designer Atoz (Kristen Wiig) summons them to Rome, just as Interpol agent Valentina (Penelope Cruz) is investigating a series of popstar murders that seem linked to Derek's past. Teaming up with Valentina, Derek and Hansel track down their old nemesis Mugatu (Will Ferrell), reconnect with Derek's long-lost son (Cyrus Arnold) and discover a sinister conspiracy.

Stiller directs the film as if it's the next instalment in the Da Vinci Code saga, complete with shadowy secret rituals and ominous chase sequences. But the dialogue remains utterly ludicrous, as this "ridiculously good-looking" duo go through their individual existential crises, clueless that the world has moved on without them. Stiller and Wilson reprise the hang-dog charm that made the characters so likeable the first time round. Although this time Derek gets some emotional depth, while Hansel plays the action hero. Ferrell and Wiig camp it up to the rafters in their colourful roles, while Cruz vamps through the film in bombshell love-interest mode. Her deadpan performance might actually be the funniest thing in the movie. And each scene is packed with big-star cameos, some of which are genuinely amusing.

As with the first movie, the comedy is so hit and miss that there's a nagging feeling all the way through that it's just not quite funny enough. But Stiller is so endearing in this role that it's impossible to dislike him, even as he continually fails to grasp anything that's happening around him. It's far too much to ask that the script actually dig a bit and find a point behind all the stupidity, although there are a few sharp gags about the rampant waste of the fashion industry and how fashionistas take themselves so seriously. Which adds a Sting to a climactic scene involving a group of real designers who don't quite seem to be in on the real joke.

Rich Cline

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Zoolander 2

Facts and Figures

Genre: Comedy

Run time: 100 mins

In Theaters: Friday 12th February 2016

Distributed by: Paramount Pictures

Production compaines: Paramount Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions, Red Hour Films

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Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

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Starring: as Derek Zoolander, as Hansel, as Mugatu, as Montana Grosso, as Alexanya Atoz, as All, as Matilda Jeffries, Cyrus Arnold as Derek Jr., as Himself, Beck Bennett as Geoff Mille, as Todd

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