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The original Zoolander film is considered to be one of the best comedies of the early 2000's. It was and still is the quintessential “so stupid it’s great” film. So, a decade later, when they announced that there was a sequel in the works, you can imagine the mixed reactions people had.
Zoolander 2 stars Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrel, Kristen Wiig, and Penelope Cruz. After Interpol discovers a plot to kill all of the world’s most beautiful people, they recruit Derek Zoolander and Hansel to help them track down the culprit. So how does Zoolander 2 hold up compared to the original? Here are my thoughts.
Unfortunately, Zoolander 2 fails to live up to the reputation of the original. The original Zoolander was incredibly stupid yet hilarious at the same time. This one decided to drop that last bit and just be incredibly stupid.
Part of the magic of the first one was the how they managed to take a concept so simple and make such variety of jokes out of it. One of such jokes was Zoolander accidentally using the completely wrong word mid-conversation. This gag was used sparingly in the original, and it made for some of the film’s funniest moments. Zoolander 2 relies way too heavily on this gag. It seemed as if almost every terrible joke in this film was that type of joke, and it got very old very quickly.
This film features new additions to the cast in the forms of Penelope Cruz and Kristen Wiig. Both of their characters were horrible in their own ways. Penelope Cruz played Valentina, an Interpol Agent that joins Zoolander in his search for the truth. It was painfully obvious that she was only there as eye-candy. She was a two-dimensional character that was full of clichés. However, Valentina was nothing compared to Kristen Wiig’s character Alexanya Atoz. Her character not only had a ridiculously stupid design, but the humor that came with her was just not good. Apparently, people mispronouncing every other word is supposed to be just as funny as actual jokes. She was honestly the worst part of this film, and that’s saying a lot. When awards season comes around next year, expect Kristin Wiig to get nominated for a Razzie.
There were a few redeeming qualities about this film. Owen Wilson as Hansel was one of those qualities. You could really tell that Owen Wilson enjoys playing this character, and he wasn’t just there to make a quick paycheck. He delivered his humor extremely well and he was one of the few things that actually made me laugh. There were a lot of cameos in this film. While most of them were forgettable, there were a few that were hilarious, specifically, those by Neil Degrasse Tyson, Kiefer Sutherland, and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Zoolander 2 suffers from the same problems that most comedy sequels do. It fails to capture the magic of the original and it was overall very disappointing. It has a few chuckles here and there, and some of the cameos were funny, but I cannot recommend Zoolander 2. It wasn’t funny, and it features some truly terrible acting. Zoolander 2 was a stupid film, and you definitely don't need to see it.
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