Film Review: Zoolander No.2
Perhaps I went into the screen with my expectations set too high for Zoolander No.2, especially since the first trailer released for the film had me laughing genuinely loud, and perhaps my taste in comedy has changed, but I felt that it was a bit of a dud.
Models Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) must stop a conspiracy to kill the world’s most beautiful people.Film Title: Zoolander No.2Release date: February 12, 2016 (United Kingdom)Director: Ben StillerScreenplay: Ben Stiller, Justin Theroux, John Hamburg, Nicholas StollerRunning time: 1h 42mFilm series: Zoolander
Although Zoolander No.2 was entertaining, I felt that over all, many of the jokes and comedic moments fell flat. I commend the cast for doing a great job with their roles and it was fantastic to see Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell reprise their characters from Zoolander.
The story relied way too much on rehashing parts of plot from the first film and even then it was all over the place, lacking in a plot that was actually entertaining to follow and containing very few scenes of comedy gold – whereas its predecessor has instantly memorable moments throughout that were truly funny. Zoolander No.2 was nearly totally forgettable until maybe the last 20 to 30 minutes where the film pretty much loses the plot entirely and it only sticks in your memory for being mindbogglingly weird and out there whilst at the same time kind of boring. I honestly started wishing the film would just end.
Although, it WAS satisfying to see Justine Beiber meet his maker and (as mentioned) the main cast themselves put in quality performances of their characters. There were a couple of standout moments and the biggest laugh from me came from an unexpected (second long) moment right before the end credits rolled. However, I feel that the humour of Zoolander No.2 seems to have regressed from the original and we were presented with a number of crude and juvenile jokes and gags that would appeal more to a group of ten year old boys than a paying adult audience.
I was also surprised at the inclusion of a number of jokes that I felt may be less comedic and more sort of offensive. Not in the “Oh gross!” kind of offensive but more along the lines of “Did they really just make a tasteless joke about miscarriages?” or “Did they seriously turn feminist and education activist Malala Yousafzaiway into a throw away joke about being part of a celebrity power couple?” way. I may be misremembering but I don’t think the first Zoolander had so many distasteful jokes. I know Derek and Hans laughed at Matilda when she confessed to having struggled with an eating disorder, but it was shown in the light of “These guys are pretty dumb and what they’re saying is wrong” along with them then being corrected.
The film was mildly entertaining but I left the cinema not even knowing what to say about it, other than “Meh” with a vague shrug of my shoulders. It does have (a despairingly low number of) good moments and I heard a couple of people laughing a smattering of times but nobody was talking about it as they left. You can usually tell the mark of a good film if the first thing you want to do is turn to someone and immediately discuss what you’d just seen together because it’s made an impression on you (Which is what happened when I went to see Deadpool with Montoya )
My recommendation? Wait till it’s out on the telly and watch it for free.
It’s getting three stars from me, it would have been two but the main cast were quite good.
Reviewer: Fia @madame_fifi