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Zoolander 2 Opinion: Not nearly as great as the original.

Zoolander 2 Opinion: Not nearly as great as the original.

Obvious mocking of Banderas' merchandise in Zoolander 2 poster. Image from zoolander.com

If you've clicked on this to check this review of the sequel to Zoolander, I would assume that you've seen the original Zoolander film released oh-so long ago(15 years ago to be exact). So you remember how insanely hilarious that movie was. The super dumb Derek, played by a super-committed Ben Stiller and the self obsessed Hansel played by long time collaborator Owen Wilson both made us laugh out so loud in their comedic take on the fashion industry it almost hurt. Anyway, flash forward to 2016, when the sequel to that film is given to fans. Unfortunately, Zoolander 2 has almost nothing new to offer to us, either comedically, or character wise/plot wise. It is a film overstuffed with cameos from popular celebrities of today and one that suffers from a sometimes awkward screenplay. The film pales in comparison to the outlandishly great original film.

The movie starts off reasonably well, with Justin Bieber being killed by an organisation trying to rid the world of beautiful people. It was probably the only cameo that made some sort of sense and added value to the plot of the film. But now you are probably saying, "come on, man! Are you going to defend the original films premise and plot whose climax was that Zoolander stopped a knife with a look?" Well, the way that film worked was to make the absurd hilarious. It was all about the self-obsession and egotistical pride of the fashion industry that made Derek such a comically loveable idiot. Its also why the film worked. Zoolander 2, however, does not have too much to offer. Other than one underlying point that fashion has got even weirder, and is now run by hipsters, the film just has no justification for its existence other than the occasional lip service to the fans of the original film as well as the excessive cameos that ultimately make the film much less watchable.

Image from zoolander.com

I won't speak much of the plot to not spoil it for those who want to see this film. But the general gist of it is that Zoolander 2 is kind of lazily written. Don't get me wrong, Ben Stiller is still fabulous and on point in reprising his iconic role, and so is Owen Wilson, but its the very narrative and movement of the film that suffers terribly when it forces itself to rely on excessive cameos from both celebrities as well as executives from top-labels of the fashion industry itself. Not to mention the return of Will Farrell as the super-evil and insanely funny Mugatu. Some of the scenes that the writers intended to be funny come out as extremely awkward and out of place (If you've seen it, I'm talking about the helicopter escape coffee thing). But I definitely appreciate some funny dialogue and scenes from Stiller's Derek Zoolander and Wilson's Hansel. They do put a lot of effort into their roles. Primarily, the writing is what kills this film.

 

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