Sunday, 28 February 2016

Zoolander/Zoolander 2 Review

Zoolander/Zoolander 2

Release Date: 1st November 2001 - Australia
                      11th February 2016 - Australia
                      (Zoolander 2)

Production Companies
Paramount Pictures (present)
Village Roadshow Pictures (present) (Zoolander Only)
VH1 Films (in association with) (Zoolander Only)
NPV Entertainment (in association with) (Zoolander Only)
Red Hour Films
Scott Rubin Productions

Roadshow Distribution (Zoolander Only)
Paramount Pictures Australia (Zoolander 2 Only)

Genre: Comedy

Rating: M

Runtime: 96 minutes
               102 minutes
               (Zoolander 2)

Budget: $28,000,000
             (Zoolander 2)

Box Office Gross: $60,780,981 (Worldwide) (Zoolander)
$56,722,693 (Worldwide)
(Zoolander 2)

Plot Summaries

Zoolander is the most 
beautiful creature in the 
world and nearly as good 
looking as he thinks he is... 

With the face of an angel, 
the looks of a God and 
the brain of a single cell 
amoeba, Zoolander is the 
most famous face in the 
world; winning the 'Male 
Model of the Year' award 
3 years running. And he 
knows he's shoo-in this 
year. But a hot new 
contender has just hit 
the catwalks- Hansel. 
One name, no brain.

Now this pair of vain, 
vacuous airheads are 
about to contend fashion 
world's most catty 
contest- the 'catwalk-off'. 
Someone is going to get 
his hair messed up! But 
before the gel has time 
to set, a crazed fashion 
designer hatches a plot 
to brainwash Zoolander 
into committing a crime 
more heinous than bad 
fashion sense.

Once the world's most 
famous models, Derek 
Zoolander and Hansel 
are old news - in fact, 
they're the source of 
amusement. The hottest 
supermodel on the circuit 
now is an androgynous-
looking model who goes 
by the name of All. 

They're disheartened, but 
that changes when they're 
contacted by Interpol 
agent Montana Grosso. 
She wants to recruit Derek 
and Hansel to help her 
find the criminal mastermind 
who is killing the world's 
most beautiful people, 
including Justin Bieber, 
Demi Lovato, Usher and 
Miley Cyrus. They all died 
with Derek's signature 
look - Blue Steel - on their 

The male models are thrilled 
to be asked to infiltrate the 
world of high fashion, but 
Montana comes to question 
her decision when she sees 
their methods.

Ben Stiller - Derek Zoolander
Owen Wilson - Hansel
Will Ferrell - Mugatu
Christine Taylor - Matilda Jeffries
Milla Jovovich - Katinka
Jerry Stiller - Maury Ballstein
Nathan Lee Graham - Todd
Billy Zane - Himself (Cameo)
Tommy Hilfiger - Himself (Cameo)
Lenny Kravitz - Himself (Cameo)
Justin Theroux - Evil DJ

Zoolander Only
David Duchovny - J. P. Prewitt
Jon Voight - Larry Zoolander
Judah Friedlander - Scrappy Zoolander
Alexander Manning - Brint
Asio Highsmith - Rufus
Alexander Skarsgård - Meekus
Donald Trump - Himself (Cameo)
Christian Slater - Himself (Cameo)
Tom Ford - Himself (Cameo)
Cuba Gooding Jr. - Himself (Cameo)
Steve Kmetko - Himself (Cameo)
Natalie Portman - Herself (Cameo)
Fabio - Himself (Cameo)
Gwen Stefani - Herself (Cameo)
Heidi Klum - Herself (Cameo)
DJ Mark Ronson - Himself (Cameo)
Paris Hilton - Herself (Cameo)
David Bowie - Himself (Cameo)
Tyson Beckford - Himself (Cameo)
Fred Durst - Himself (Cameo)
Lance Bass - Himself (Cameo)
L'il Kim - Herself (Cameo)
Garry Shandling - Himself (Cameo)
Stephen Doriff - Himself (Cameo) (Uncredited)
Sandra Bernhard - Herself (Cameo) (Uncredited)
Victoria Beckham - Herself (Cameo) (Uncredited)
Emma Bunton - Herself (Cameo) (Uncredited)
Veronica Webb - Herself (Cameo)
Lukas Haas - Himself (Cameo)
Carmen Kass - Herself (Cameo)
Frankie Ryder - Herself (Cameo)
Little Kings - Themselves (Cameo)
Matt Levin - Archie
Andy Dick - Olga the Masseuse
Woodrow Asai - Prime Minister of Malaysia
James Marsden - John Wilkes Booth (Cameo)
Vince Vaughn - Larry Zoolander (Cameo)

Zoolander 2 Only
Penélope Cruz - Melanie
Kristen Wiig - Alexanya Atoz
Cyrus Arnold - Derek Jr.
Kyle Mooney - Don Atari
Beck Bennett - Geoff Mile
John Malkovich - Skip Taylor (Cameo)
Justin Bieber - Himself (Cameo)
Sting - Himself (Cameo)
Benedict Cumberbatch - All
Susan Boyle - Herself (Cameo)
Katy Perry - Herself (Cameo)
Neil deGrasse Tyson - Himself (Cameo)
Susan Sarandon - Herself (Cameo)
Joe Jonas - Himself (Cameo)
Macaulay Culkin - Himself (Cameo)
Demi Lovato - Herself (Cameo)
Kiefer Sutherland - Himself (Cameo)
Matt Lauer - Himself (Cameo)
Anna Wintour - Herself (Cameo)
Katie Couric - Herself (Cameo)
Lewis Hamilton - Himself (Cameo)
Natalie Morales - Herself (Cameo)
M.C. Hammer - Himself (Cameo)
Skrillex - Himself (Cameo)
Christine Amanpour - Herself (Cameo)
Valentino Garavani - Himself (Cameo)
Marc Jacobs - Himself (Cameo)
Don Lemon - Himself (Cameo)
Alexander Wang - Himself (Cameo)
Jourdan Dunn - Herself (Cameo)

Crew (*/**)
Based on Characters (**)/Story/
Screenplay/Producer/Director - Ben Stiller
Based on Characters (**)/Story/Screenplay (*) -
Drake Sather
Screenplay - John Hamburg, Justin Theroux (**)
and Nicolas Stoller (**)
Executive Producers - Joel Gallen,
Adam Schroeber and Lauren Zalaznick
Producers - Scott Rudin, Stuart Cornfeld 
and Clayton Towsend (**)
Co-Producer/Unit Production Manager -
Celia Costas (*)
Production Designers - Robin Standefer (*)
and Jeff Mann (**)
Costume Designers - David C. Robinson (*)
and Leesa Evans (**)
Directors of Photography - Barry Peterson (*)
and Dan Mindel (**)
Editor - Greg Hayden
Music Supervisors - Randall Poster (*)
and George Drakoulias
Music - David Arnold (*) and Theodore Shapiro (**)

This is the second time I've reviewed two features in a single post, I was hoping to see KUNG FU PANDA 3 at the movies when I ended up watching ZOOLANDER 2 instead. It's time to shine the spotlight on ZOOLANDER 1 and 2 in a double feature critique as the two movies were a product of genius by comedic actor Ben Stiller. He not only acted as the title character but wrote, produced and directed the movies which I've ranked them below in order.

In the first ZOOLANDER, it wasn't painful or anything like that at all, but the picture was a stylish showcase for Ben Stiller in his handling of pure laughter. He has the character portrayed as an endless parody to all male models who would trade their intelligence for their own good looks. I liked how Stiller got all the aspects in the satire movie apart from the title character he's portrayed. This includes the humour, the cast and even the celebrities who have guested on this picture. Owen Wilson, his real-to-life wife Christine Taylor and his real-to-life father Jerry Stiller are among some of its actors in its glorious ensemble cast. The one actor that may be worth mentioning is Will Ferrell who acts deliciously as the highly flamboyant and evil Mugatu who may be both as silly and evil in trying to upstage Mike Myers' Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers series.

Some of the celebrity guest stars that are featured include the late David Bowie, Billy Zane, the infamous Donald Trump and others whose credentials have been boosted on this brand comedy. Finally, the part of ZOOLANDER that I've liked in its well-processed amusement is the fight at the gas station which ends in a explosive finale that is to say that it's a highly unforgettable scene.

I think the original ZOOLANDER has taken the stylish satire to great heights. It was wonderful for me to have seen it at home. Buy it, rent it or see it however you can, this movie is highly recommendable to all audiences.

Star rating: (9/10) Excellent Movie 

It's been fifteen years since ZOOLANDER is built to have the largest appeal to a comedy for all the adults. I have grown very sceptic about 2016's sequel to the amazing cult classic. Many of us are expecting that it could be one of the less-fortunate sequels. Maybe the prediction about it came true after all and though the trailer was a huge stand-out. Mainly because of the part where Justin Bieber is killed in having the crowd (excluding fans) cheer for his fictional demise. Sadly, it wasn't enough that ZOOLANDER 2 has the gags that were mostly recycled from the original in a cheap fashion. There were a few jokes that were funny or at least some weren't there at all or were offensive and sad to begin with. The film relied too heavily on celebrity cameos that featured Sting, Susan Boyle, Kiefer Sutherland and many other talents. 

It is good that we've got Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell returning as some of the original characters conceived from the original ZOOLANDER. These two were back as the eponymous model hero and his rival turned companion in their idiocy, while Ferrell again plays as the twisted and comical mastermind of evil. These middle-aged actors have done all they can to revisit the glorious moments but they couldn't rescue of what is missing in this whole unstylish sequel. Even with the new actors like Penélope Cruz and Kristen Wiig are a huge waste of talent to Stiller's weak script and woeful direction of the sequel. 

All things being said, I would watch ZOOLANDER 1 again instead of re-watching the second installment. People should stay away from this bloated attempt of a sequel.

Star rating: (4/10) Below Average

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