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Zoolander 2 - Film Review

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by Zac and Kiri (subscribe)
Reviewers from Brisbane, Australia.
Published March 6th 2016

Only Kiri of Zac and Kiri could attend Zoolander 2. Later he asked me what it was about. It was hard to say. Hansel and Zoolander are called back into fashion by the fashion crimes unit of the FBI after assassinated popstars all post photos of themselves doing one of Zoolander's signature looks as they die. That's the simple summary. There's prison break-outs, a cult based on the little known Steve in the garden of Eden, and a sub plot about Zoolander's estranged son and another involving Sting (yes, the real Sting).

But really, that's missing the point. Like the original movie, Zoolander is at all times ridiculous (and ridiculously good looking). It's not the plot that drives the movie but the characters and the on point send ups of fashion and society. Every character takes a stereotype and takes past the point of realism into parody. But the parodies are so identifiable. For example, the new designer who is trying so hard to be laid-back and anti-cool that he talks in dichotomies "you dressed in terrible old school style to impress me, that's so lame. I love it".

Kristen Wiig plays the owner of a fashion house who is botoxed to the extreme and adorned in such structured haute couture that she (and her face) can barely move. Derek Zoolander, played by Ben Stiller, is as predictably dense as ever and is looking to re-invent himself after spending almost a decade as a "hermit-crab". Hansel, played by Owen Wilson, has taken his Beatle's/Sting style lifestyle to the Yogi extreme and is having difficulty committing to the 11 people he is in a group relationship with, known as "Orgy". Will Ferrel is back as the maniacal Mugatu, who is seeking revenge on Zoolander.

Mostly Zoolander 2 is funny. It's a couple of hours of well-crafted nonsense. If you liked the first one, you'll probably like this one. I ran into John Andrew of Weekend Notes at Zoolander 2. While he said he enjoyed it, he hadn't seen the first movie and realised that a lot of references were going over his head. So maybe brush up on your Blue Steel and break out the original before seeing the sequel.

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