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Plot: After the first film, Zoolander released in 2001, director and star Ben Stiller is back with a sequel to it Zoolander 2. Unlike the first one, this sequel has received a lot of negative remarks for its forced sarcasm and fails to create the magic that the first one had made. The movie shows the leading roles Derek and Hansel far away from the original places they belonged to and having no contact with the fashion world. Valentina Valencia while investigating the recent death of pop singers, realizes that they all have a lot of similarity to Derek Zoolander’s trademark look the Blue Steel.
She tracks them down to establish the relation between the two. Derek and Hansel are surprised to see how much the fashion world has changed since they left as they attend Alexandra Atoz’s fashion show. Derek, Hansel, and Valentina come together and track down Derek’s son at a local orphanage who denies being with his father. At the St. Peter’s Basilica, they meet Sting, who tells them the story of Adam, Eve and Steve, who is not very much known.
Steve is the mutual ancestor of all models, and his closed descendant is Derek Jr. Hansel, Derek, and Valentina then go to the IncrediBall where they find Mugatu and Alexandra have imprisoned Derek Jr. Mugatu then reveals to them that he wanted Derek Jr.’s heart and that it would grant them eternal youth. The three of them fight to save Derek Jr. from the clutches of Mugatu and Alexandra, and ultimately they succeed. The movie ends showing glimpses of the future with Derek and Valentina confessing their love for each other.
Analysis: Fifteen years after Zoolander came out in 2001, the sequel seems to have lost its way. The film tries to bring a resemblance to the first one, but it does not make anything look funny except itself. No matter how humorous the dialogues are or how funny the scenes are, they do no good to the film and most of the time you feel like they are unnatural.
Ben Stiller, who has also directed and co-written the film, does a good job at the former, but the script is nothing but lame. There seems to be no storyline, and the entire movie is bogus. The film is a satire on the fashion industry. The camera tricks have are good and cinematography by Dan Mindel works fine. The music is by Theodore Shapiro and suits to the needs pretty well. The film also has a lot of special effects wherever needed. The film has a lot of chasing sequences which are also very well. What is most disgusting about it are the dialogues which are in no way humorous and rather it is pathetic, and you realized how strained the joke is.
Star Performance: Ben Stiller has the lead role as Derek Zoolander; Penelope Cruz plays Valentina Valentia while Owen Wilson is Hansel. Apart from this the film also stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Will Ferrell and others in smaller roles. One can see a lot of effort by the actors to appear funny, but it does not appeal to you because it looks false. By the time you have watch half of it, you get tired of the constant endeavor to make you laugh. Benedict has the role of a supermodel of current times, and though he does it well, you feel disgusting on seeing him as a gender-ambivalent model. He seems to make every attempt to look funny but just like the rest of the film, he isn’t.
Penelope Cruz too has a done a pretty good job as Valentina and appears pretty fascinating. Will Ferrell plays Mugatu, and it is sickening to watch him as he seems so weird. Again, he too likes the others anything but funny. The same goes for Kristen Wiig, who plays Alexandra Atoz, especially with the precarious outfits that she wears almost throughout the film. The film also has Cyrus Arnold as Derek Jr., who does a pretty good job as a socially awkward kid tending not to be a part of anything that is going on. The acting in the film shows you the desperate attempt put up by the actors to seem comical but a lot of it ends in failure.
What’s there? The film is a sequel to the 2001 hit film Zoolander that created magic on the screen. Direction, Camera skills, Cinematography, special effects, and music, are appreciable. The film shows you a lot of striking scenes.
What’s not there? A good story line and a proper script are what is lacking. Successful attempts to make viewers laugh. There is no realistic touch to the film. Even the acting shows the desperate attempts of the actors to be amusing. There is a whole lot of forced sarcasm and baseless satire.
Verdict: It is better to have no high expectations from the film especially if you loved the first part. There is nothing of what was there in Zoolander. The film initially makes you laugh forcefully and then you start to get disgusted.
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