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But why male models?

Sigh. They messed it up.

After the initial reviews of the film I already had low expectations, and was putting off going to see Zoolander 2 (I saw Deadpool for a second time instead). I finally got around to watching it, and it only confirmed my fears about the film. It’s not the worst movie I’ve ever seen, but that doesn’t means it’s good either.

Before any reviews came out for this film I was actually excited for it. I’m a huge fan of the original Zoolander, and I’ve been looking forward to a sequel for quite some time. The fact that Ben Stiller actually directing them only increased my excitement. Stiller’s last comedy directorial effort, Tropic Thunder, is one of my favorite comedies of all time, and proved to me that Stiller knows how to craft a great comedy. But like almost everything else in Zoolander 2, that talent is wasted.

The problem with Zoolander 2 is that is just feels like a lazy effort. It seems that when Ben Stiller and Justin Theroux  were working on the script for this film they simply looked at the script of the first Zoolander and copy/pasted. The amount of jokes that are flat out rehashes of the original is staggering, and the few jokes that are new fall flat and seem in bad taste. Here’s an example: Kiefer Sutherland bizarrely gets pregnant with Hansel’s baby, Hansel gets scared, but then eventually decides he’s ready to be a father. Kiefer Sutherland has a miscarriage and it’s played off for laughs.

This actually happens.

It honestly just isn’t that funny. When the film isn’t filling time with jokes from the first movie it’s stuffed with unnecessary celebrity cameos. Now I know the first one had its share of cameos, but this one cranks the amount up to a ridiculous degree, without any real joke or pay offs to the majority of them. I guess the filmmakers expected audiences to just laugh at the presence of a celebrity? It does this over, and over, and over, and over again. It’s almost as if they were trying to pad out the run time with these cameos. It gets to the point where are more cameos than jokes.

The majority of the new cast additions don’t really do much to add to the film. Kristen Wiig is hilarious but severely underused, Penelope Cruz does nothing particularly noteworthy, Fred Armisen has a small and somewhat confusing role, and Benedict Cumberbatch as All is maybe in the film for a total of 2 minutes. Characters that could have been funny are just so underutilized that one begins to wonder what the point of their inclusion was. Instead the film dedicates time to new, unfunny and annoying characters such as Kyle Mooney as hipster fashion icon Don Atari and Cyrus Arnold as the dreadful Derek Jr. Mooney’s character had the potential to be funny but that way the character is portrayed is more likely to get on your nerves than make you laugh. And Cyrus Arnold..Christ, he gives one of the worst performances I’ve seen from a child actor. He sucks away any charisma that exists within a scene whenever he is on screen and I just did not enjoy his character at all.

The actual production quality of this film is just sub par as well. There are multiple cases where some absolute atrocious CGI was used and I really question why they used it in the first place. The editing is fairly sloppy through out the majority of the film, and actually takes away from a lot of the jokes. At times the pacing of a joke will be totally ruined do to awkward timing that the editor employed and it really takes away from the film.

One of the few things the film did do well is the friendship  between Derek and Hansel. Their chemistry together is just as endearing as it was in the first one, which just makes the rest of the film that much worse, as you can see the potential for what could have been. There are a few scenes with Derek and Hansel that actually managed to garner a laugh from me, but these scenes were few and far between. Other than that, there isn’t much positive to take away from this film unfortunately.

But why male models?

3/10

 

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