Zoolander No. 2 (2016)

Zoolander No. 2 (2016)

Dave author picZoolander is one of the greatest comedies, spinning out its Glamorama-esque premise from a satirical take on male modelling into a deconstruction of masculinity and a surrealistic degradation of plot, where David Bowie adjudicates “walk offs” and the perfect look stops a high-velocity shuriken. Perhaps most importantly, it’s also hilarious, packed to the brim with hilarious quotes.

Its follow-up, Zoolander No. 2, is really, really, ridiculously bad.

For starters, it’s the worst kind of fan service, taking every great joke from the original – Hansel’s fascination with Sting, Billy Zane’s cameo, “orange mocha frappuccinos!” – and trotting them out again in a vain attempt to prompt laughs of recognition. The original jokes are even worse, defined by fat-shaming, transphobia and sexism alike. The problem isn’t even that they’re offensive – though the pitch-perfect transgression of the first film is sorely missed – but that they jokes just aren’t funny.

Does anything work? I kind of want to acknowledge Stiller’s work as director, successfully aping the James Bond-meets-Da Vinci Code aesthetic the screenplay is going for … but given how incredibly misguided that aesthetic is (we want jokes, not action), it’s very much a backhanded compliment. Relax; don’t do it – just watch the original again.

1 star

 

2 thoughts on “Zoolander No. 2 (2016)

  1. Such wasted potential here … Since the original film came out in 2001, we’ve seen the introduction of the smart phone, the word ‘selfie’ hadn’t been invented yet nor had SnapChat, YouTube celebrities, reality TV (just to name a few). Yet ‘Zoolander 2’ just recycles the same stuff from the first flick – Old and Lame, is correct!

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