When movie studios run out of ideas, their first thought is to recreate a film that was successful in the past. Sometimes it works like last year’s “Star Wars” movie and sometimes we get “Zoolander 2”.
The classic 2001 comedy that parodied the fashion and modeling industry gave us hilarious lines and memorable looks like Blue Steel, Ferrari, Le Tigre, and Magnum. Fifteen years later, the only thing that “Zoolander 2” gives us is underwhelming humor.
Essentially, everything you adored about the first Zoolander is there but it’s repeated back to you in a less comedic way. Instead of coming up with a new direction for the film, “Zoolander 2” borrows the same premise with the same jokes and goes to extreme measures just to reference the best moments from the first film.
The movie also fills itself with celebrity cameos as a way to make up for the lack of laughs. Everybody from Justin Bieber to Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson have brief one liners and then are never seen again. By the end of “Zoolander 2”, the film begins to act as an iSpy for celebrities than actual comedy.
One of its worst moments is a scene where the world’s top fashion designers like Tommy Hilfiger and Marc Jacobs gather for a ritual ceremony. The acting by these fashion icons is albatross and should have no business being in a movie delivering cheesy lines.
“Zoolander 2” is a little over an hour and a half suggesting that it should have never been done in the first place. Similar to the sequel to Anchorman a couple of years ago, it overreaches for laughs while attempting and failing to connect with fans of the original movie.
If you want to watch “Zoolander 2” don’t bother. Borrow your friends Netflix account and just watch the first one. Trust me, it’s the same movie.
Movie: “Zoolander 2”
Release date: Feb. 12, 2016