STARRING: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Penélope Cruz, Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen, Christine Taylor, Cyrus Arnold, Kyle Mooney, Beck Bennett, Nathan Lee Graham, Justin Theroux and Benedict Cumberbatch
Derek and Hansel are lured into modeling again, in Rome, where they find themselves the target of a sinister conspiracy.
Zoolander 2 brings Derek and Hansel out of modelling retirement as Fashion Interpol have them infiltrate a different world of high fashion after many prominent pop singers have been assassinated with Derek’s famous trademark ‘Blue Steel’ look on their face, taking them to Rome.
It is a sequel that has taken fifteen years to get around to, long after it should have done, and after spending years adapting the script it’s finally here. I’ll admit in being a fan of the original and I was definitely not keen on this sequel and wasn’t a fan of the trailers for it and unsurprisingly it has been universally/critically panned since its release and to be fair the film merits it and yet I managed to find a few moments of enjoyment in it. Granted I could be light-hearted on bashing it as I just watched this immediately after the screening of Point Break.
As dumb as this film may be (and it is dumb), I did laugh at a few bits in the film. The early news montage explaining what happens to Derek and Hansel before the title credit I enjoyed, particularly the explanation as to what became of the Derek Zoolander Center for Kids Who Can’t Read Good and Who Wanna Learn to Do Other Stuff Good Too. The obvious throwbacks to the original were going to happen here and sadly enough they’re some of the best parts of the film, from the silly faces of the exact same look to getting excited for ice cream (or frozen yogurt in this case, can’t mind but leads to obvious Wham! car scene with a different twist). As always with a sequel, this crams in a ton load of well known cameos, some that are just extremely oddly placed into proceedings and a few fashion designers that I only know one or two of, as per usual some work and some don’t. Some of the scenes are well shot and stylishly done from Stiller.
The problem however with the film is that with how long that Stiller and Justin Theroux have been working on a screenplay (since 2010 I believe?) , the seems to be plenty of storylines kept in the films runtime that it can’t juggle on what scene should be focused on next. You have Derek and Hansel working with Fashion Interpol to uncover the assassinations plot, to Derek locating and reconnecting with his son, to Hansel trying to figure out his place in the world after receiving heavy news from his orgy group (its sometimes best not to ask), to Derek and Hansel trying to find their time to shine again on the runway, it is all heavily congested and a few of them (i.e orgy group) could’ve easily been dropped. While the original had clever writing centred around a dumb character, here everyone seems to come off as complete idiots for the sake of being idiots, with a good number of jokes just falling completely flat and while I can see what they were going for with hipster designer Don Atari, I completely hated the character.
It is trash and yet I managed to find some comfort in this trash pile, meaning I’m comfortable being fine within the trash….thanks to Point Break. 4/10