“A Ridiculously Fun Sequel”
Thanks to Paramount Pictures we had the chance to see Ben Stiller‘s Zoolander 2 at its first public screening during the Australia Day fan event. This is our review of the movie, but as usual, no matter what we say, we still recommend you to go and see it at your local cinema because there is no better critic than yourself!
After losing his wife during the collapse of the “Derek Zoolander School for Kids Who Can’t Read Good and Want to Do Other Stuff Good Too“, and having his kid taken by social services, the former world’s most famous male model, Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller), is struggling with his new life as a hermit. However, when the world’s most beautiful people are suddenly starting to be killed, a secret government intelligence fashion agency enlists him to discover who is behind the murders, a mission that will also involve Derek’s lost son and his superstar male model friend, Hansel (Owen Wilson).
Derek Zoolander became a pop culture icon back in 2001, despite the film’s average theatrical success (which was mostly because it was released right after the terrorist attacks of 9/11). However, its home entertainment release created a huge fan-base for the film and its characters, thanks to its silliness and ridiculous number of celebrity cameos.
Almost 15 years later, a sequel is set to hit cinemas; and, like many other sequels, this presents a major concern for fan since most of them lack the impact of their predecessors. Thankfully, Zoolander 2 is an exception to the rule, as it delivers everything fans expect, including the most random and hilarious celebrity cameos, silly quotes and plot twists and, of course, a lot of Blue Steel greatness.
Stiller and Wilson are great together again, and fashion agent Valentina (Penelope Cruz) as the new female lead, and Kristen Wiig are fun new assets. However, it’s Will Ferrell‘s Mugatu who really steals the show. The film goes from being a typical fun flick, to a hilarious non-stop comedy thanks to his appearance later on in the story.
Obviously, you can’t expect much of a storyline (Even Mugatu laughs at the plot at one stage) or impressive special effects, but fans will be pleased to see a lot of Zoolander trivia and references to the first movie.
Overall, Zoolander 2 is a good sequel, though perhaps not as good as the original. And, despite developing the character of Derek Junior (Cyrus Arnold) into a more leading role at some stages and the ridiculously annoying, unfunny and unnecessary character played by Kyle Mooney, the film delivers two solid hours of laughs!
Zoolander 2 – In Cinemas 11 February 2016