Wednesday, February 17, 2016

[Review] Zoolander 2

I don't know about you, but a 15-years-later Zoolander sequel is something I've never really felt like I wanted to see. While the first film has sort of become a cult dumb-comedy with its wacky and hyperbolic riff on the modeling and fashion world, this new one is just bad and reeks of try-hard.

After a previous fallout, Zoolander (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) reunite, but they seem to have lost their mojo, falling by the wayside of a new "era" of supermodels. In a way, this is indicative of the film itself--it's a too little too late, past-its-prime dud that has fallen by the wayside of other, much better comedies. Anyway, Zoolander is in search of his son, the "World's most beautiful people" (Justin Bieber is one of them) are being mysteriously assassinated, and Zoolander's rival (played by Will Ferrell) has been released from prison.

This is a silly, but mostly unfunny mess of a film, as well as an endeavor to include as many celebrity spots as possible. Nothing here works very well in today's climate of comedy. In other words, you probably won't laugh much (personally, I didn't laugh once), which makes this whole thing pretty useless. When a comedy isn't even humorous enough to warrant the label of a comedy, you know things have gone wrong. This is a wannabe, and it's an annoying bore. The cameos don't add anything interesting either. They're just kind of there. If you're curious about them, you'd be better off just looking at the list of them on the Zoolander 2 Wikipedia page in order to save some time.

The creativity levels are at a lazy low here, and it wouldn't be far off to say that the newly released Deadpool is much more successful at a lot of the things that Zoolander 2 attempts to do. I'm not going to completely stray you away from seeing this movie if you're a diehard Zoolander fan, but YOU'VE BEEN WARNED.


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