Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Zoolander 2 (2016)

Genre

Comedy

Director

Ben Stiller

Country

USA

Cast

Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Penélope Cruz, Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen, Sting, Christine Taylor, Cyrus Arnold, Kyle Mooney, Beck Bennett, Nathan Lee Graham, Justin Theroux, Milla Jovovich, Jerry Stiller, Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Benedict Cumberbatch, Justin Bieber, Kiefer Sutherland, Ariana Grande, John Malkovich

Storyline

Derek (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) are lured into modeling again, in Rome, where they find themselves the target of a sinister conspiracy.

Opinion

The really, really ridiculously good looking guys are back with "Zoolander 2", this unfunny sequel that instead of being a cleverly dumb comedy like its predecessor, it's just a dumb film.

The plot is ridiculously bad. While the first film had a clear focus - Derek being brainwashed to kill the Prime Minister of Malaysia -, this one is a mash of disjointed stories and situations - they are looking for whoever is behind the death of several celebrities, then they are trying to find Derek's son, then they are trying to go back into the fashion industry - that are never coherent.

But this is a dumb comedy, right? Wrong. There is almost nothing funny in this film. The well-written jokes of the first film are long gone, and in this sequel the comedy can't even be defined so. In fact, the "comedy" basically relies only on celebrity cameos to make the audience laugh, and the jokes consistently miss the mark.

The characters, Derek, Hansel and Mugatu, are still the same from the first film, seriously, dumb - the first two only - and well played by the actors. Unfortunately the new characters are bad, just like everything else. As much as I loved seeing Benedict Cumberbatch in this, I found his character quite insulting towards the transgender community. I know that was supposed to make fun of the fashion industry and androgynous models but it just felt inappropriate.

The best moment of the film is when Justin Bieber dies. Unfortunately, to see him die you actually have to see his face, and dreadful acting for a minute or so, and he also is the first person appearing on screen. So, yeah, pretty bad.

Bottom line, if "Zoolander" was eau de perfume, "Zoolander 2" is eau de toilette.

4 comments :

  1. E pensare che ho adorato il primo Zoolander, l'ho visto e rivisto in un brutto periodo e riusciva a tirarmi sempre su il morale, io e mio fratello sappiamo le battute a memoria. Questo volevo andare a vederlo al cinema, ma non c'è stato modo, meglio così mi sa leggendo la tua recensione.

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    1. Sì, molto meglio evitarlo così non ti rovinerai i bei ricordi del primo.

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  2. I am still blinking dumbfoundedly that Benedict Cumberbatch is in this

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    1. I couldn't believe it when I saw him

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