Zoolander 2 Review: Really, really, ridiculously bad

Director: Ben Stiller

Starring: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Penelope Cruz, Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell

Please note this review contains minor spoilers. 

The Overview

After being out of the game for years, and in danger of going out of fashion, Derek Zoolander (Stiller) and Hansel (Wilson) are back, but after being away for so long can they still prove they’ve got it when a high fashion rival threatens to destroy them for good. 

The Good

I’ll keep this brief as there’s not much good in this film sadly! One of the best things happens in the opening scene although it was already spoilt in the trailer. Those of you who have dreamt of seeing Justin Bieber die a slow, painful and quite frankly hilarious death, then you will love this. 

Benedict Cumberbatch’s appearance as the sexually ambiguous model “All” is totally hilarious, and easily the funniest scene. Wished they’d made more of this character, as Cumberbatch kills it! 
I also really loved Kristen Wiig in this film. Barely recognisable, but everything she says is hilarious, only wish she was in it more. 

The Bad

It’s early days but when you look up Zoolander 2, the first couple of hits you get are about Ben Stiller’s World Record for the longest selfie stick picture taken at a recent premiere for this film. Now that pretty much tells you what you need to know about this film, which from the moment it starts just feels like one long publicity stunt. 

Whenever a movie has a particularly aggressive marketing strategy, I always feel a little bit apprehensive; are all the smoke and mirrors masking a bad movie? From the reveal at Fashion Week that there would be a sequel to Zoolander, to the selfie stick world record, and indeed the film itself, everything about this film feels like a publicity stunt. 

Where the first was silly, but genuinely funny and poked fun at the fashion industry in a clever but entertaining way, this film is simply a parade of celebrity cameos, borrowed ideas from the first movie, and a plot which is totally nonsensical. It feels like a skit, spread out over 90 something minutes and it is absolutely not necessary. 

Genuinely painful to watch in places, and it’s difficult to root for any of the egotistical morons. In the original, Derek Zoolander was likeably daft, but in this sequel the joke really wears thin. 

Whilst great to see Will Ferrell back as the nefarious Mugato, his appearance feels tacked on and unnecessary, happening too late into the film when it is already beyond saving. 

The main thing that makes this film terrible is the plot. It’s an absolute mess! There’s a good film in there somewhere with these characters, but it needs a completely different plot. 

The Verdict

I saw this movie so you don’t have to. Sadly there is more to life than just being really, really, ridiculously good looking, and this movie is not good! Just do yourselves a favour and watch the original. This film takes a joke that was wafer thin already and spreads it so thin that it’s barely visible. Not the worst film you’ll ever see, but don’t waste your money. 

Agree with everything I’ve said or am I a terribly misguided idiot who has got it all wrong? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. 

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