Two of the worlds really, really, ridiculously good-looking male models re-launch themselves onto the runway in Zoolander 2 for what turns out to be not so much a really, really, ridiculously good sequel, but rather one that is merely good enough. Perhaps if the major faux pas of showing the film’s funniest scenes in the trailers as part of the build up to the much-hyped release had not been committed, such as the theatrical assassination of Justin Bieber, or the return of the criminal couture designer Mugatu (Will Farrell), then Ben Stiller’s second outing as Derek could have been much more amusing. However, foreseeing these gags aside, Zoolander 2 does fashion some hilarious funnies, parodying the self-indulgent selfie culture with which modern day life is so suffused, allowing us to have a good laugh at our own vanity when we laugh at Derek’s pouty poses. Indeed, Derek may even be dubbed the Father of the Selfie, with the Zoolander cast recently cementing their place in the Guinneas World Book of Records for a photo taken with the longest selfie-stick ever. For serious.
Directed and written by Stiller, Zoolander 2 trails our two breath-taking beauties, Derek and Hansel (Owen Wilson), who must save the day when the world’s most beautiful celebrities are being killed, all with Derek’s signature ‘Blue Steel’ look on their faces. Teaming up with Interpol Fashion Division Agent Valentina (Penelope Cruz), the pair set out to fix things the only way they know how, by once again strutting their stuff on the runway and reclaiming the adoration of the fiercest fashionistas, many of whom pop up in the movie, including Anna Wintour, Valentino, and Marc Jacobs, among others. Indeed, Zoolander 2 is a very glitzy affair, with too many cameos to count, as everybody from Bieber to Katy Perry to Ariana Grande to Benedict Cumberbatch to Sting, to name but a select few, putting in an appearance, as apparently everybody wanted in on the chic comedy.
The talented cast, which also includes Kristen Wiig who gives a hilarious performance as the devilish designer Alexanya Atoz, deliver a film that, although may not split sides, will certainly tickle ribs.