Ben Stiller co-wrote, directed, and starred in this spoof of the fashion industry that follows the world’s most famous and vapid male model as he is brainwashed into assassinating the prime minister of Malaysia.
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Mubi describing this as one of cinema's best and displaying "cinematic ingenuity"? Oh dear. I think I'd rather be cynical about why this is here than believe that someone at Mubi actually believes that.
Having known a few people from the fashion and modelling world I found the script and the characterisations to be very clever, highly observant and very funny. I've even known 3 people who I found to be as vain and ignorant as Derek Zoolander. All worked in fashion design or modelling. Maybe it's just coincidence, but Ben Stiller's performance wasn't over the top in my experience.
zoolander's social commentary on the vanity of our twenty-first century culture stands strong to this day. i, too, continually ponder on whether there's more to life than being really, really ridiculously good looking.
This movie is so stupid...but in a great way. While watching it, I had a huge, stupid grin on my face because of the charming goofiness that comprises it. If it were released in a world where 9/11 never occurred, it probably would have been ignored and forgotten about. Post 9/11, Zoolander was exactly the movie America needed after such a catastrophic tragedy such as that. Overall, a really funny movie.