The first Zoolander was a one-joke movie that worked because the joke was strong enough to sustain the entire narrative. The best jokes here relate to the characters' perceptions of a 21st century fashion industry that they're ill-equipped to understand. However, the early momentum of this is lost when the film dovetails into a flat conspiracy thriller, which is basically a decade-too-late parody of The DaVinci Code.
And so, on a rainy Wednesday, fate put me in Emeryville, waiting at the end of a 3 hour queue at the Apple Store for an urgent fix to my laptop, next to a theater showing Zoolander 2. Not much to say except the stupid jokes in this one aren't nearly as smart as the stupid jokes in the last one, and the effect is deadly. But there's sometimes a germ of real cleverness, and it beats standing around in an Apple Store.
Smarter movie than anybody will give credit. Smart about how it situates the audience. It kind of attacks the audience, and subverts our sense of our own tastes. It gives us what we appear to want in the snidest possible way. If it holds back too much, it is in regards to its celebrity cameos. It could have been more droll about saying: "here is the stupid shit people expect." I laughed a bunch and had a good time.
Borderline insufferable; a sliver away from being as dismal as "Joe Dirt 2" last year. These "too little, too late sequels" are downright unacceptable, going for the low-hanging fruit of lackluster social media, pop culture, and celebrity jokes. When did mainstream comedies start having the same standards as films like "Epic Movie?"
not as bad as thought it was going to be altho expectation was at rock bottom. the worst thing in it is actually ben stiller who can't seem to remember how he used to be Zoolander as it just comes out like a bad impression and we've all seen plenty of those in the time its taken to cough up this sequel that like most sequels should probably never have been green lit...
I'm probably just a sucker for movies about comedic actors who have grown old and can no longer perform the way they used to. Aging is a universal condition and film as a medium allows the embodiment of faces and bodies to come to terms with this in a cathartic way. Just as bodies age, cultural objects age as well and this temporal blending of actors and film objects seems like a natural reaction to the (cont.)