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Zoolander 2 Movie Review

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Here it is. The final review of a double review week, and I’m here to talk about Zoolander 2. If you saw my review for the original 2001 Zoolander, then you know that I do like the movie. I think it’s very funny, and it’s so much fun to watch. Despite the popular opinion being that Ben Stiller is very hit or miss, I like Stiller. Tropic Thunder, a movie I hope to eventually get to review, is one of my favorite comedies of the 2000s, and Stiller directed and starred in the film, just as he has done in both Zoolander films. I was actually really excited for this movie. I thought that the trailer was actually hilarious, and the first movie is so funny. It also brought up some good nostalgia, and though Zoolander isn’t a movie I absolutely adore like I know a lot of people do, I do have very fond memories of the movie, and I do very much enjoy it. Owen Wilson also brought one of my favorite characters and performances so far in his career in the original, so I was very excited for the movie. Let’s talk about it.

Zoolander 2 is once again directed by and stars Ben Stiller with costars Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell as well as newcomers Penélope Cruz and Kristen Wiig. In the finale of the 2001 phenomenon Zoolander, Derek Zoolander had risen back to the top and had become best friends with his once rival Hansel. This time, after the disappearance of both Zoolander and Hansel, someone has begun killing all of the most famous pop stars in the world. It is believed that someone is looking for the chosen one, and only Derek Zoolander can help find out who is behind these murders. Once Valentina, played by Cruz, recruits Zoolander to aid the search, they soon find out that someone much more sinister than imagined may be behind the crimes. This plot isn’t quite as insane as the original, but I still thought that it was interesting nonetheless.

I have to say that it was nice to see these characters on-screen again. One of my favorite parts of the first movie was seeing the characters on-screen. They have such great chemistry both in real life and in the movie, and it’s fun to watch them interact. Unfortunately, the movie is just not funny. I may have laughed a few times, but it was not very funny. You will always see me say that comedy is the most subjective genre in film, but this movie did not make me laugh. It also didn’t make many people in the same theater as I was in laugh. It was pretty silent for almost the entirety of the movie. I was lucky enough to be able to see Deadpool right before Zoolander 2, and boy did Deadpool have the theater in tears. Deadpool made my sides hurt, and that’s what Zoolander 2 should have done as well. The plot is also very messy. I know that Zoolander 2 isn’t coming in with the intentions of having the most sound plot, but characters come to such illogical conclusions to spontaneously act upon the situations that they are put in. It is not very funny, and I don’t think it works the way that it was intended to work. Finally, this is just something that both I didn’t like personally or believe was done well. There is an actor in Zoolander 2 who I won’t spoil, but he is an old Saturday Night Live cast member who I adored. I believe that once all of the cast members who were on the show with this particular actor left, Saturday Night Live, one of my all time favorite television shows, took a serious dive. That’s beyond the point, but I think that it goes to show that I respect this actor as a comedic actor, and I should be happy to see him on-screen. I wasn’t happy to see him on-screen because he was made to look like an eleven year old boy through CGI (computer-generated imagery). It’s so obvious, and it just isn’t funny to me. I know that they were going for the cameo, but it didn’t work whatsoever.

Overall, I wasn’t a huge fan of Zoolander 2 simply for the fact that it wasn’t funny. The first Zoolander is hilarious, but this one is not. I did still like Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, and I have to give it to them because it looks like they have so much fun when they do this. I don’t think Zoolander 2 is intentionally bad or a cash grab. I think that there is real passion behind this. It just isn’t funny. I’m going to give Zoolander 2 a 4.1/10.

Have you had a chance to see Zoolander 2 yet? If you have, what did you think? I would definitely suggest seeing the first film, but if you are heading out to the theater this weekend, give Deadpool a look with our friends over at FatCats Gilbert. I will warn you that despite the Marvel and comic book source material, Deadpool is not the family friendly PG-13 movie that most comic adaptations are. It is very hard R, but it is the most fun I’ve had in the theater in a very long time, so I would suggest checking it out. I also reviewed Deadpool, so if you would like to see the review you can click right HERE. Going back to Zoolander 2, what is your favorite Ben Stiller movie? I’m a big fan of Ben Stiller’s comedy, and I would have to say that Tropic Thunder is my favorite. I think he has a lot of underrated movies, and he always seems to give watchers a good time. I should be back this coming week. I don’t know if there will be a Throwback Thursday review this week, but if there is you will be able to check it out on our Twitter here at 88.7 The Pulse @PulseRadioAZ. As always, thank you, and keep listening to 88.7 The Pulse.

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Justin Lyons

Hey, it's Justin Lyons! I am the Chief Film Critic for The Pulse. Have any questions for me? Please feel free to email me at movies@pulseradio.fm