ZOOLANDER 2 – MOVIE REVIEW

Zoolander 2 is the follow up to the unexpected comedy hit from 2001 (I bet that makes you feel old) and follows the continuing adventures of Derek Zoolander and Hansel McDonald, as they navigate the cutthroat world of male modelling.

So, is it any good?

YESIn a lot of ways, Zoolander 2 reminded me of Anchorman 2. Like Will Ferrell’s follow up to his 2004 comedy classic, its a sequel to a film that originally underwhelmed at the box office only to find a new lease of life on DVD. Both initial instalments also entered the pop culture zeitgeist in a profound way, to the point where you’d be hard pressed to find someone under the age of 50 who doesn’t know what Blue Steel is. And lastly, both are films that frankly could’ve done without a sequel.

But, as my YES recommendation indicates, that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the film.Zoo-02Zoolander 2 follows the tried and true template for comedy sequels: Repeat what everyone loved about the original, only make it sillier, and whilst there were quite a few times when I did laugh during the movie, its the kind of film you’ll struggle to quote to your friends days after having seen it.

The story picks up with Derek (Ben Stiller) essentially living life as a hermit (or hermit crab as he naively puts it) with a family tragedy years earlier having forced him to leave his young son and successful modeling career behind. But when he receives a mysterious message from fashion icon Alexanya Atoz (Kristen Wiig, easily the funniest new character in the film) he is once again lured back into the fashion spotlight for a one off show in Rome. There he reluctantly teams up with his fellow ridiculously good looking partner Hansel (Owen Wilson) and the two begin their long walk down the catwalk to redemption, and hopefully to Derek’s son.

From there things get progressively sillier, as Penelope Cruz struts her stuff as a former Swimwear model now Interpol agent, Will Ferrel’s Mugatu makes a return, and we’re treated to a whole raft of A-list cameos which I won’t ruin for you. However I will say for those who are wondering, yes, Derek’s old pal Billy Zane does make an appearance. zoolander3 final

Whilst its fun spending time with these characters once more, the star cameos only get you so far, and the constant references to the first film only serve to remind the audience what they loved about the original, rather than breaking new comedic ground. Still, Zoolander 2 makes for an entertaining ninety minutes in the cinema that I would recommend to anyone who enjoyed the original and is expecting more of the same. For anyone else, move along, nothing to see here.Zoolander-2-2016-movie_HeaderZOOLANDER 2 is in cinemas today

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