I’m going to make this review brief out of respect for the original Zoolander.
Someone is killing celebrities. (The biggest laugh comes in the form of Justin Bieber’s violent death). We find Derek Zoolander, complete with crazy facial hair, living as a recluse. He is lured out of retirement and the film follows his attempts to reunite with his estranged son, learn to recapture the ‘fire’ in his face and defeat a sinister conspiracy.
About ten minutes into this film, I realised something was missing. I hadn’t laughed. Not once. The jokes were coming thick and fast, the visual gags were there – they just weren’t funny. The person I was sitting next to fell asleep and began snoring loudly. This would usually drive me crazy but sadly I was not bothered whether I heard the dialogue or not.
Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson are a great pairing but their chemistry quickly abates. And even Will Ferrell’s high dose of energy cannot save this lackluster sequel.
Zoolander 2 is a never-ending parade of celebrity cameos and tired juvenile humour. Like Anchorman 2, I just wish they’d left the original alone…
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