When the Zoolander sequel opens, we find a young douchebag running down a dark alleyway. That douchebag is the movie’s first celebrity cameo – Justin Bieber – and he dies. Brutally, bloodily, satisfyingly. Someone in the Zoo-niverse is tracking and killing some of the world’s biggest pop stars, and they all die with a single look strewn upon their stupid faces: the almighty Blue Steel. Fashion Interpol then brings Derek Zoolander and his friend Hansel McDonald out of retirement to infiltrate a now-different world of high fashion in order to find out who’s responsible and put a stop to it.
Derek and Hansel struggle to get back “in” – to the culture, the fashion, the trendiness. Their fish-out-of-water status really hits the surface when the two meet All – an androgynous IT-model played by Benedict Cumberbatch. All is renowned in the fashion world and is creepy as hell. When Cumberbatch mumbles; “All is all” we’re just as confused and in shock as the out of touch Derek and Hansel. Cumberbatch takes the cameo cake by a landslide.
It’s a challenge to write a review about a movie so incredibly stupid, and I mean that in an endearing way. It’s almost shocking that the mostly atrocious reviews are taking Zoo 2 so seriously, when it never claims or attempts to make comedy history. Comedy sequels are tricky – and yes, they mostly do all suck. But Zoolander 2 delivers plenty of new gags and bits, while lightly retreading the older pieces of the first film that made it so special. Is it perfect? Hell no. But it seems that most of the aspects critics are complaining about – too many celebrity cameos, for one – were all inherent in the original now-cult classic, so how is that shocking or disappointing?
Zoolander 2 really seems to be suffering because of today’s newfound critical dogpile and social media group-mentality. The movie is not as bad as you’ll read about. In fact, I find comedy reviews to be far more insufferable, mostly because comedy is so subjective in the first place. When a comedy is as quirky and one-note as Zoolander, sure, it makes for a non-essential sequel. But can’t we all just shut the hell up from time to time and enjoy a movie for what it is? A display of idiocy with a silly story and a home-run cast supported by newcomers Fred Armisen and Kristen Wiig – and everyone likes those jokers, right?
I’d be remiss here if I didn’t mention Will Ferrell – who years ago suffered from a bit of over-exposure, if you ask me. I love me some Ferrell though, so don’t take that the wrong way. He brings most of Zoo‘s best moments reprising his role as Jacobim Mugatu, who as we find him, is stuck in jail. Booooo. He breaks out though, because it’s a movie, and that’s when the fun really kicks into high gear. The climax of the movie unsurprisingly has a crazy amount of impressive fashion-world cameos, and goddammit, I just enjoyed the hell out of it. WHATEVER, INTERNET.
My opinion might be the minority on this one, but I think everyone should take the stick out of their asses and just enjoy Derek’s brain dead mind and Stiller’s imperfect sequel for what it is: dumb fun. (Emphasis on dumb.)