Zoolander 2 – Film Review V2.0 – by Fran Winston
Directed by: Ben Stiller
Starring: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Penélope Cruz.Kristen Wiig
In all the years I have been writing and commenting on movies I have never know public previews to happen before the media screening. To be honest that set off alarm bells for me. I mean I have seen some bad movies that didn’t know they were bad and dreadful movies that knew they were awful but this really seemed a drastic way of ensuring positive press before the critics got a nosy at it.
In fairness I wasn’t expecting War and Peace. The first Zoolander movie pretty much set the bar. This was to be a bit of silly vacuous fun with cheap and often puerile jokes aimed at the fashion world. So it is no surprise that this is more of the same – more or less.
One time top model Derek Zoolander (Stiller) is now living as a recluse but is coaxed back out into the real world when the world’s most “beautiful people” begin to be systematically assassinated and all die with their face contorted into one of his signature looks. Recruited by Interpol he must help them solve the crime while trying to reconnect with his son Derek Jr.
As you can tell it is thin on plot – which is fine. The first one wasn’t exactly epic. This is a movie for the fans and they ensure that there are plenty of throwbacks to the original. None of the characters have really evolved and if you are looking for depth then this is not the film for you. If you are looking for belly laughs and enjoy pop culture parodies though then you’ve landed on your feet here. Nothing is sacred and every element of modern media culture is ripped to shreds. What makes it work is that the people who are being mocked are actually in on the joke and this movie features more star cameos than you will see anywhere else.
I’m not even going to attempt to analyse the script, cinematography, performances or all the usual things that going into making a fully rounded movie. If you’ve seen the first movie you know what to expect. This tries to live up to it but some of the jokes aren’t as funny as they were first time round. That said fans won’t be disappointed and it does raise a chuckle. It’s not trying to be anything that it’s not and has no aspirations. This is extremely low brow but as a means of switching off for a couple of hours and having a giggle it does the trick.