Angel’s Review of ‘Zoolander No.2’ (No Spoilers)

Movie Description: 

“Derek and Hansel are lured into modeling again, in Rome, where they find themselves the target of a sinister conspiracy.”

I’m a fan of the first Zoolander. It’s not one of the greatest comedies ever, but I do consider it a comedy classic. The movie is very nostalgic for me as I remember so many iconic lines and moments. Ben Stiller can be really funny to me. I thought he was genius in Dodgeball and Tropic Thunder. Those films are included in my favorite comedies of all time.

When I heard that Zoolander was getting a sequel, I thought it wasn’t really necessary and a couple years too late. Seeing the trailer, it was awesome to see Owen Wilson, Ben Stiller, and Will Ferrell portraying their memorable characters again so I really wanted to see how it would turn out. Now, relax and let’s get to it.

I’ll be straight forward and say this film was pretty bad. I think that’s the funniest part, realizing how bad it was watching Zoolander No. 2. The best way I can describe it: the film felt like a parody of the first Zoolander. There were moments where I chuckled, maybe a good laugh once or twice, but that’s it. The majority of the jokes were really bad, cringeworthy. The writing and performances were at fault.

The character I enjoyed the most wasn’t any of the main characters (played by Kyle Mooney) , how is that?! I came back to join these characters again, but somehow the movie managed to suck the fun/magic out of them.

The story was “LA-ME,” as Zoolander would say. I really thought they could have done something much better. It was not interesting at all. Whether it was interesting or not, I felt like I would not have been engaged anyways because of the endless amount of cameos. The cameos from the first film were brilliant, for example, David Bowie’s?! (AWESOME) These cameos in the sequel were pointless, distracting, and not funny whatsoever.

Kristen Wiig was another reason why I was looking forward to this film. She’s a great actress who is also hysterical. I really wished they furthered her character as a main villain rather than focusing back on Mugatu (Ferrell). She could have been great, but sadly they wasted her and completely destroyed the character in the end.

The only thing I enjoyed was seeing the characters back, but only for a few moments. This movie didn’t need to be made because it was done poorly. I feel as if they didn’t even try. It’s just weird that Stiller put what I consider a masterpiece like Tropic Thunder together as director, and then put together this film without care.

Overall, this film was not good. I barely laughed, the story was lame, characters were wasted/not enjoyable, and the whole thing felt like a parody. It was as if they tried to rehash what made the first Zoolander great, but they failed to do that, ultimately, hurting this film a lot! Zoolander lost his touch and this movie was not good to look at. My rating for this film is 5.5/10. 

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