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Published February 4th 2016
A seriously stupid movie that will have you in stitches
Fifteen years after the original cult classic Zoolander hit our screens, we finally have a sequel, which appears to be set in real time, fifteen years later. The movie that was so daft, stupid and unbelievable that we loved every last moment of it, is back...the question is, can it live up to the gargantuan expectations of its fleet of loyal fans?
The answer is a resounding yes. Zoolander 2 pushes the envelope in terms of ridiculousness, unbelievable plot lines, and the breadth and extent of Derek Zoolander's idiocy, and yet it's a ride that will have you laughing hysterically at how bad it all is. In other words, it satisfyingly revisits everything you loved to mock about the first Zoolander movie - perhaps even more so.
And this movie has it all - beautiful clothes, celebrity cameos, explosions, beautiful locations, speed boats, sports cars, chanting, father/ son reveals, great escapes and cringeworthy Zoolander advertisements.
It's part Indiana Jones, part Da Vinci Code, and 100% Zoolander.
The purported "plot" is that someone is going around murdering the world's most beautiful people, who all mysteriously die with one of Zoolander's trademark looks on their faces. The fashion division of Interpol of course therefore seek out Zoolander to help them decipher this clue to try to solve this mysterious crime spree.
As it turns out, this crime rapidly ceases to make any sense as the movie continues, but it barely matters because the plot's purpose is purely to provide the vehicle needed for Derek Zoolander and Hansel to move from each over the top scene to the next. If they do an Honest Trailer of this movie, they're going to struggle trying to choose between which holes to pick at in the plot, because it's basically a fishing net.
I'd be lying if I said all the jokes in this movie work - some of them are just too cringe-worthy or contrived. However, the jokes come thick and fast, so those that fall flat are quickly washed away by the better ones that come in their wake.
Cumberbatch's portrayal of a genderless supermodel, All. Image from www.zoolander.com
There are deeply satisfying cameos woven throughout the movie. The opening scene which shows Justin Bieber being gruesomely gunned down outside Sting's house was worth the price of the movie ticket itself. Benedict Cumberbatch's cameo as a terrifyingly charismatic genderless ubermodel called "All" is also noteworthy. Part of the fun of the movie is sitting there picking out all the cameos - and there are a lot of them.
Watch out for the truly awful aqua vitae Zoolander advertisement - definitely a highlight (or lowlight in the sense that it was so truly gross and ridiculous) of the movie for me.
I'd recommend you try to watch Zoolander again before seeing Zoolander 2. Not that you won't understand Zoolander 2 without watching Zoolander again - nobody is that dumb - but there are certain bits that you probably have forgotten which get referenced again in Zoolander 2, and you'll appreciate the nuances (!) more if you have refreshed your memory about the intricacies (!) of Zoolander 1.
If you had favourite characters in the first Zoolander, be assured they most probably make a re-appearance in the second, however brief. That is, everyone other than Meekus (played by Alex Skaarsgaard in Zoolander), who was a very minor character in the first movie and got blown up with all of Zoolander's other model flatmates in the petrol station explosion, so it wasn't surprising he couldn't make a reappearance. But as a True Blood Eric Northman fan, I had my hopes till I finally saw Zoolander 2, that they might pull off Meekus' resurrection somehow (they didn't).
As with the original movie, if you're easily offended, this isn't the movie for you. The humour treads a fine line between being outrageously funny and offensive. There are numerous references to orgies and some ridiculous plot lines around living with the consequences of engaging in these. Equally, if you like intelligent humour, then look elsewhere, as this is the total opposite. This is silliness taken to the extreme. You are likely to either love this movie, or come away thinking this was the most stupid movie you've seen in your life. Or both. I'll take both.
Still uncertain about whether this movie is worth watching? Have a look at the trailer - it gives a pretty good indication of the kind of humour you're in for. If the trailer makes you laugh, there's plenty more of those kind of laughs in the movie - this isn't one of those films where the only funny bits of the movie are already in the trailer.
The official release date is February 11th, but there are quite a few preview screenings on at the moment if you're desperate.