So, Zoolander 2 takes place fifteen years after the first instalment, fifteen years that have passed ever since Derek Zoolander's big camp building made of popsicle sticks had shattered and killed his wife and injured his pal Hazel. And over a pasta incident, for the last seven years, Derek has been living alone, his only son taken away from him due to his stupidity. Now Derek is seen an extra chance to get back into the modelling business after his shamble, a second chance that I think many models these days like Amanda Bynes and Lindsay Lohan deserve, when these supermodels are being targeted and assassinated all over the globe and die with this expression on their faces only someone like Derek Zoolander could properly read. Well, actually, the reason he was called in was because someone named Don Atari requested him for a modelling, Star Wars "your-my-only-hope" fashion, which ends up a trap that involves a drag-Benedict Cumberbatch and a storm of prunes. But now that Derek and Hazel are in the middle of it, it's time for Derek to solve the mystery and reunite with his long lost son.
Now, while I was watching this movie, a horrific thought came before me: I was thinking, I'm not really laughing, but at least they're trying and at least it's not American Sniper. That was my least favourite movie I saw last year, alongside one of the harshest reviews I have ever published. With the exception of Aloha, I haven't given any other movie an F since then. Maybe after watching that abomination, it's much easier to find something good to say about all the others. Because I have to say, while everything in my body calls me to hate on this movie, I couldn't help but enjoy a few things, if a little disturbingly.
One of the things I didn't like was how Ben Stiller's accent as Derek Zoolander never kept up. One minute, he's in his regular voice, the next he's attempting Russian. That was the sort of unevenness that seemed unintentional. Again, this is from someone who didn't watch the first Zoolander. Another tiny comment was I often felt that there were times where even in a satirical fantasy world like one that would permit a building out of popsicle sticks to be built, the logic in this movie is outrageous. For instance, the time has really took its toll on Derek and I don't usually like it when movies make fun of how much time it took to make it. What happens because of this is it makes the first Zoolander perhaps a little harder to watch, Derek harder to look at and be wowed knowing he'll just spend the next fifteen years in grief. And the film opens with a giant surprise cameo and a few jokes that work from it, and the chase in that cameo was okay, up until it ended. C'mon, couldn't the writers have found a less obligatory and easy and dumb-compared-to-what-just-happened way to trap him? And wow, exactly how can Owen Wilson, aka Hazel, live in the whatever-it-was desert with a tribe for so long, and not look parched and feel shame for not finding dinner? Looks to me like the best thing for dinner would be dried bone chips.
Some of the good things I found across these flaws are the movie is often colourful and keeps our attention, sort of the same way Confessions of a Shopaholic did, only better. Another decent element was this movie is often crazy, and with its craziness comes some sometimes original ideas and original slapstick. And forgive me, but I won't forget that ad where Stiller is a "cow" centaur, being milked, nor the way I laughed. There is also an interesting twist at the end, minor but somehow fitting and less predictable than quite a few other movies I've seen lately. And though the idea of popstars getting killed is never really taken up too much and is mostly on getting back into the groove, it's a very interesting idea that fits into a movie with the Zoolander title. But for all of its surprises, its poor choreography of situations seems to outweigh the pleasures more often than not, for instance these two getaway scenes involving Will Ferrell's character, as well as these moments that make pure fantasy. Rather than being flashy and exciting, these tend to seem like they were made by a middle school drama class, and this escape scene is clever but just badly timed and doesn't make sense in the long run. For instance, one of the villains in this movie has a plan underway from the start, and he needed someone to do something, however there was never any guarantee he would've done it like that and the villain even seemed surprised when he corresponded, not really adding up a straight story. Another instance is during one of the best scenes in the movie, there could've been so much more opportunity, but the characters don't seem to understand how amazing their situation is; minor spoilers, they have powers and they're talking to someone from beyond. But instead of being heartbroken over the reuniting, which is something I wish Bridge to Terabithia attempted, and instead of being happy after so long that they can do something again, they joke about something off the page and it isn't very funny. Not to mention awkward.
In conclusion, Zoolander 2 is colourful, has some ideas that will make some filmgoers snort and chuckle, and if you like ridiculous humour, you'll probably like this. Just, my C- grade factors how much I enjoyed it, and sometimes, enjoyment comes from having good and smart idea and action choreography on the runway.