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Zoolander 2, 2016.
Directed by Ben Stiller.
Derek and Hansel are modelling again when an opposing company attempts to take them out from the business.
Despite the iconography of Zoolander still prevalent in today’s society, the new film seems to be trying all-too-hard to remind us of its notoriety. It has, after all, remained a comedy favourite ever since its inception in 2001. However, the new sequel calls on the same jokes, introduces very few memorable new characters (bar Kristen Wiig, who has just the right amount of screen-time to remain funny), and seems lazily directed by star/co-writer, Ben Stiller.
The film’s best assets lie in the many celebrity cameos on show. These small, yet hilarious, moments glue the film together. Although, if you are managing »
- Amie Cranswick
In fact, today's era is the perfect place to re-visit the extremely vain characters of Derek Zoolander and Hansel, because society as a whole has become much more obsessed with vanity. Stiller essentially had to make a sequel, because it's vital for audiences to see where these characters are at today.
If you thought the first Zoolander film was ridiculous, Kristen Wiig ensures that this one is even crazier. The characters fit perfectly into today's world, and even Mugatu (Will Ferrell) is more over-the-top than he was before. We're totally down for a hilariously ridiculous time at the movies with this stellar cast.
- Adriana Floridia
Read More: The Best Super Bowl Moment Was Will Ferrell Not Talking About 'Zoolander 2' Released two weeks after 9/11, the first "Zoolander" arrived in theaters like a national catharsis; opening nearly 15 years later, the sequel plays like a throwback to embarrasing times. Backwards sexual politics passed off as crude humor worked better for the first movie, when the idea of "male models" casting feminine poses made for decent punchlines in a less enlightened cultural landscape. So it follows that when "Zoolander 2" tries to make fun of its outdated premise, the movie only chronicles its irrelevance. Needless to say, the setup for the Ben Stiller-directed followup doesn't so much as resurrect its chronically dumb pair of fashionistas Derek (Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) as it reroutes them through the same jokes. The premise has a promising cockamamie start: Disgraced Derek Zoolander endures a self-imposed exile in the frozen tundra of. »
- Eric Kohn
Put your most fashionable foot forward for your chance to win an amazing goodie bag with the with the return of one of the world’s most beautiful people in Zoolander 2, out in cinemas February 12. Zoolander 2 marks the next chapter in the life of Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller), a hilariously oblivious supermodel. Derek
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Comedy sequels are one of the trickiest things to pull off. They either come too soon and are too similar, such as The Hangover movies, or they come too late and feel very forced. Being 15 years since the original Zoolander hit screens it would be fair to assume that Zoolander 2 falls into the latter bracket. In some ways it arguably is, but it is also hysterical and completely bizarre.
We pick up 15 years from the last film and are quickly informed how Derek Zoolander’s (Ben Stiller) Centre For Kids Who Can’t Read Good collapsed soon after opening, killing his wife (Christine Taylor) and injuring his friend Hansel (Owen Wilson). With Zoolander and Hansel both in hiding the world’s pop-stars are dying with specific looks on their faces. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
The world has changed since Zoolander helped America laugh again after 9/11. A good deal of its new sequel tries to pan humor out of grappling with this. As the movie begins, protagonist Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller, also co-writer and director) and his rival-turned-bestie Hansel (Owen Wilson) have isolated themselves over the last 14 years due to a tragedy that befell them a mere two days after the first movie left off. But both are drawn back into the high-glamor, low-iq world of male modeling after a series of celebrities are murdered, each one snapping a selfie in which they flash Derek’s signature “Blue Steel” look as they die. With the assistance of new love interest Melanie Valentina (Penelope Cruz), an Interpol Fashion Police agent, the pair seek to unravel the mystery.
- Daniel Schindel
15 years have passed since Ben Stiller's clueless male model Derek Zoolander learned that there was more to life than being really, really, really ridiculously good-looking and was brilliantly, absurdly quotable doing it. In a world where Dumb & Dumber To came out in 2014, Zoolander 2 doesn't really feel like as much of a stretch, but that's one of the only reasons why it doesn't feel like a bit of a letdown either.
That's not to say there's not tonnes of potential here. The world of fame and fashion has only grown more absurd since 2001 and, in fact, the real world sometimes feels a little closer to the arch vapidity depicted in the original film. Social media has all but taken over the world, the Kardashians are somehow seen to be worth »
Thanks to the power of nostalgia, properties that were popular once are finding ways to make a comeback. The Jurassic Park series has evolved to Jurassic World, and we.re getting ready to meet four new Ghostbusters, just to give you two examples. However, not every old property expects to come back, especially if it isn.t a white-hot hit the first time around. This weekend.s Zoolander 2 falls in to that category. Arriving in theaters 15 years after the original film.s release, the sequel returns fashion model Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) and his rival/partner Hansel (Owen Wilson) to the catwalk for a second adventure. Though, at the film.s New York premiere, Stiller admits it.s an adventure he never thought he.d take, because no one paid attention to the initial movie at first. Stiller told the premiere crowd, courtesy of Variety: "I think we probably »
I wanted to laugh last night. Hell, I needed to laugh last night. And Zoolander 2 failed me completely. Brutally unfunny, visually off-putting, and filled with cameos so embarrassing I am bruised from holding a cringe for a full half-hour, Zoolander 2 is every horrible decision you can make with a comedy sequel wrapped up into one nigh unbearable film. There is a single shot in one scene of Olivia Munn, and I couldn't tell you what she was playing or what role got cut down in the final film, but that one last errant useless shot, left in instead of being totally excised with the rest of her part, sums up the way the entire film feels to me. It feels like it was thrown together in a blender and just poured into a cup indifferently, no matter what ended up blended in there. So many jokes fall so »
- Drew McWeeny
Ben Stiller‘s sequel to his own 2001 cult hit, Zoolander, opens this Friday, and it is not good. There are a few humorous beats — and an inexplicable Mvp in Kiefer Sutherland — but the jokes and gags are a mix of the recycled and the unfunny. Skipping it in theaters and staying home to re-watch The Cable Guy is my advice to those of you considering seeing it. His last great comedy as director was 2008’s Tropic Thunder, and I was happy to realize that the director’s cut DVD features two commentaries. Both feature Stiller, but only one also includes Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr. with the latter staying in character through the majority of the commentary track. Keep reading to see what I heard on the Tropic Thunder cast commentary. Tropic Thunder (2008) Commentator: Ben Stiller (director/co-writer/actor), Jack Black (actor), Robert Downey Jr. (actor) 1. Black arrived forty-five minutes late for the commentary recording, but »
- Rob Hunter
Paramount’s “Zoolander 2” hosted its world premiere in New York at the start of Fashion Week on Monday night, at a glitzy screening at Alice Tully Hall that mixed top celebrities in film and fashion.
Those in attendance included Vogue editor Anna Wintour (who pops in the film), Susan Sarandon, Penelope Cruz, Naomi Campbell, Sting, Jennifer Aniston, “View” co-hosts Raven-Symone and Michelle Collins, and three A-list designers who also make their acting debuts, playing themselves: Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger and Alexander Wang.
Ben Stiller, who directed and stars in “Zoolander 2,” reprising his role as the shallow male model from the 2001 comedy, talked about the 15 years it took to get the sequel to the big screen. “It’s been a long road to making this movie,” Stiller said in a sprawling eight-minute speech that singled out all the people (from Wintour to former Paramount head Sherry Lansing to his »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Plot: Models Derek Zoolander and Hansel are forced out of seclusion by Interpol when several of the world's most notable pop stars are murdered. Review: One thing I kept thinking during Zoolander 2 was, "Did it really take them ten years to write that joke?" You have to assume the sequel has been in Ben Stiller's mind for at least that long, considering the... Read More »
- Eric Walkuski
It’s hard to take Ben Stiller seriously. The successful actor, writer and producer has directed six movies, butPenélope Cruz couldn’t keep a straight face while taking direction from him on the set of Zoolander 2.
“Most of the time, Ben would come out of his trailer dressed as Derek Zoolander. Everyone on set was crying real tears because we were laughing so hard,” says Cruz during a recent Toronto interview.
Fifteen years after the first Zoolander movie, the Spanish superstar plays Valentina, a voluptuous Interpol agent in the sequel to Stiller’s silly satire of the fashion industry. Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Benedict Cumberbatch and Kristen Wiig also join the all-star ensemble.
“Ben is really serious when he’s working,” Cruz says. “It’s like he’s not aware that he’s wearing the most ridiculous outfits. I don’t know how he can handle so much pressure; he’s so professional. »
- Mathieu Chantelois, Cineplex Magazine
Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Penelope Cruz and Will Ferrell strutted out in character on Tuesday night at the New York City premiere of “Zoolander 2.” Reprising their roles from the original 2001 comedy about pouting male model Derek Zoolander and his colorful cohorts, the stars were dressed in outrageous fashion when they welcomed fans at the Alice Tully Hall in Manhattan. Ferrell looked like he was wearing “Hunger Games” Capitol Couture, while Wilson appeared to be in space-themed silk pajamas, as Cruz showed off her model figure in a short jumpsuit. Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux at Zoolander 2 premiere/Getty Images »
- Debbie Emery
It may have been a really, really ridiculously good-looking idea on paper, but Ben Stiller’s attempt to bring back one of his more beloved creations feels like a cheap designer knockoff in “Zoolander 2.” Falling well below the standards of “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” (2014) in the long-delayed-sequel sweepstakes, this flailing follow-up drags the endearingly dim-witted Derek Zoolander out of retirement for an extended Roman holiday, backed by a parade of real-life celebrities and fashion-world denizens who are now very much in on the joke. If only that joke weren’t so far past its sell-by date: The results may delight those who believe recycled gags and endless cameos to be the very essence of great screen comedy, but everyone else will likely recognize Stiller’s wannabe Magnum opus as a disappointment-slash-misfire, the orange mocha crappuccino of movie sequels.
Just as “Anchorman 2” nearly doubled the worldwide gross of its 2004 predecessor, »
- Justin Chang
Anyone in the world of style knows that a fashion show should build until it ends with the kind of show-stopping garment that brings the audience to their feet. Sadly, “Zoolander 2” front-loads its few clever moments in the first 10 or so minutes, and the rest of the movie is a forced march to not-funny. 2001’s original “Zoolander,” built around an impressively stupid male model character originally created by Ben Stiller for the VH1 Fashion Awards, managed to be the kind of pleasantly dopey movie that becomes the background for a late night with friends and that spawns the sort. »
- Alonso Duralde
Plus-size models are seldom flattered by squeezing into skimpy sample-size garments, and the reverse is also true in the case of Zoolander 2, which drowns its svelte skeleton in acres of fussy couture. Director, co-writer and star Ben Stiller resurrects his "really, really, ridiculously good-looking" male model alter ego 15 years after the irresistible first movie overcame disappointing box office results to earn cult adoration on DVD. But the imbecilic charms of a character that began as TV sketch material are too often misplaced in this wildly over-plotted, under-energized action comedy, plumped to a bursting point
- David Rooney
Derek and Hansel are back on the catwalk 14 years on – and though age may have withered their cutting comedy edge, there’s still fun to be found in the familiarity
Ridiculously good-looking fashion model Derek Zoolander now joins newsroom king Ron Burgundy in making his slightly disappointing but still reasonably funny comeback — all set for some bewildered fish-out-of-water comedy in the modern world which has moved on without him. Britain’s management guru David Brent is incidentally poised to do pretty much the same thing.
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- Peter Bradshaw
After seeing his once-white hot career flicker at a low ebb, diminished by flops such as “R.I.P.D.” and “Green Lantern,” the actor seems to have rediscovered his mojo. “Deadpool,” a very R-rated comic book adaptation about a wise-cracking mercenary, is on track to do as much as $70 million over the four-day President’s Weekend when it opens in more than 3,540 locations. Fox, the studio behind the picture is being more conservative, pegging a debut between $60 million to $65 million.
Whatever the final result, “Deadpool” has a very strong chance of enjoying the second biggest President’s Weekend launch in history, behind only “Fifty Shades of Grey’s” $93 million debut. It should also be a boon to Reynolds. The actor played Deadpool in 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” and has been agitating for a standalone adventure for some time. The picture got »
- Brent Lang
There's no stopping Derek Zoolander. Zoolander 2's Ben Stiller has gone above and beyond to promote the highly anticipated sequel to his 2001 super-hit (it hits theaters Feb. 12). From channeling mannequins at the Valentino store in Rome, Italy, with costar Owen Wilson (Hansel) to staging a walk-off with Cara Delevingne in Paris, Stiller, er, Zoolander, has transformed into a non-stop marketing machine. But it's not all work and no play for the star: a doll version of Zoolander chose to ring in the start of a new week with Barbie on Monday (yes, that Barbie). The model and icon packed »
- Grace Gavilanes, @gracegavilanes
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