Tasteless. That’s what I called Zoolander 2 after an uneasy 102 minutes ride through some idiotic and stupid comedy circus.
Maybe, I expected more after what I thought was an amazing start to this franchise with prequel Zoolander released in 2001.
But then I wasn’t a movie critic then, just a primary school student who would laugh at basically any jokes.
In Zoolander, Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) gains wide acclaim in the fashion world for a photogenic pose he called ‘Blue Steel’.
Despite being the favourites after winning it for three consecutive years, Derek loses the Male Model of the Year title to his rival Hansel (Owen Wilson).
Dejected, he returns home to work with his father and brothers at a coal mine but his delicate method leads him to his failure. He is disowned by his family.
Unemployed Derek falls into the trap of fashion designer Jacobim Mugatu (Will Ferrell) who brainwashes him to kill Malaysia’s prime minister.
Mugatu after realising his plan is failing attempts to kill the leader himself by throwing a shuriken, but Derek stops him by unleashing his ultimate model look, “Magnum”, which causes the shuriken to freeze in the air.
In the closing part, Derek leaves the fashion industry to start “The Derek Zoolander Centre for Kids Who Can’t Read Good and Who Wanna Learn to Do Other Stuff Good Too”.
He is married and has a son named Derek Zoolander Jr.
More than a decade later in Zoolander 2, Derek lives in exile deep in northern New Jersey after Child Care takes his son away following the death of his wife.
Derek rejoins Hansel, who was also in exile, after they receive an invitation to model in Italy.
And while in Rome, they join hands with Valentina Valencia (Penelope Cruz), an agent for Interpol’s Global Fashion Division, to crack down on the killing of pop stars.
When Derek learns his son is also in Rome and is hunted by Mugatu, who is responsible for the death of the popstars, he goes all out to save Derek Jr and rekindle his relationship with him.
But will he succeed? Go and see it for yourself at the Empire Cinema.
Zoolander 2 is probably the only movie which has so many stars from fashion to music world making a cameo.
Even Sorry singer Justin Bieber has a fair share of screen space in the opening scene of this movie.
His sequence is thoroughly covered in the trailer where he is killed by some masked men on a motorcycle.
Despite being shot several times with bullets covering almost his entire body, Bieber manages to take a selfie with Derek’s Blue Steel look and Instagram’s the picture.
I lost my concentration here.
Well, movies can’t be taken seriously but then there are expectations that what is projected on the screen is at least a bit realistic.
Bieber’s part is crap, a real dumb scene which is nowhere near realistic. Even a six year old would disapprove the way the opening scene is projected.
Then comes the stupidity of Stiller and Wilson’s characters which reminded me of the Dumb and Dumber series.
In some way, Derek and Hansel are dumber than the Dumb and Dumber characters.
Stiller did pretty well in Zoolander, executing both the director and lead actor’s role flawlessly but in Zoolander 2, he seemed less convincing in both parts.
As Derek, Stiller lacked the energy that made him the hot property in Zoolander and in direction, he lacked the vision to allow the actors to get into the skin of their characters.
They seemed shallow at times and visibly exaggerating on the screen. Acting is perfect when it looks real, in Zoolander 2, it doesn’t.
There is a scene in which Ferrell throws a cup of latte on his assistant and the way the latter reacted as if someone has splashed acid on his face.
There were some scenes where the jokes seemed legit and I enjoyed it thoroughly but then, those horrible moments spoiled the entire journey.
But some might enjoy this.
The best you can do is leave your brains behind because this mindless American comedy will need an empty head to make sense.
And laugh at you will, when you can, and make sure not to miss those genuine moments because in Zoolander 2, there aren’t many.