Comedy sequels aren’t anything new as the ‘Pink Panther’ and ‘Austin Powers’ series proves. Making them stand out is how they bring freshness to their comedic formula. Some have succeeded while others have stalled. ‘Zoolander 2’ sits comfortably in the former. An endlessly ridiculous ride of mammoth proportions, much effort has gone into creating laughs. There are plenty as the well-drawn and well-dressed characters face one outrageous situation after another.
Derek Zoolander’s (Ben Stiller) influence is still felt in the fashion world even if he has been surpassed by more gorgeous models. When a bevy of beautiful people are killed while wearing Zoolander’s famous ‘Blue Steel’ look, he is asked by Interpol to investigate. Infiltrating the new world of high fashion with his friend Hansel McDonald (Owen Wilson), Zoolander also has to avoid the machinations of arch-enemy Jacobim Mugato (Will Ferrell). With friends and foes on either side, Zoolander still has to dodge constant arrows while wearing Prada.
Co-writer, creator and director Ben Stiller knows how to have fun. Which is just as well as ‘Zoolander 2’ has an abundance of it. It doesn’t always work although it’s doubtful there’s such a thing as a ‘perfect comedy’. If a gag falls flat there’s always another to replace it within seconds. Stiller knows how such films move with his comedic rhythm rarely faltering. Zoolander is such an idiotic character it’s easy to laugh at and along with him and with his co-conspirators in mirth-making equally adept.
Like a live-action adult cartoon ‘Zoolander 2’ looks colourfully glorious. Mixed with the always eye-catching Italian locations, ‘Zoolander 2’ has a glossy veneer worthy of many fashion parades. The scenery is a mere back-drop to the preposterous plot which the cast enjoy playing. Will Ferrell in particular grabs his character’s weird antics with gusto. Although some plot holes don’t make sense if you think too hard, the film delivers laughs so fast such questions quickly vanish.
‘Zoolander 2’ occasionally falls flat but overall it’s a fun laugh-fest. You can’t expect much else as it presents another adventure for one of the cinema world’s best dressed, if intelligently challenged, fashion icons.
Movie Review Rating out of 10: 7
Movie Review by Patrick Moore
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