Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Penelope Cruz in a scene from the movie Zoolander 2. Supplied by Paramount Pictures. Please: Philippe Antonello.
Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Penelope Cruz in a scene from the movie Zoolander 2. Supplied by Paramount Pictures. Please: Philippe Antonello. Photo credit: Philippe Antonello

Zoolander 2 fails to live up to laughs of original

ZOOLANDER 2

5/10

IT is a big challenge to follow up a film that is as popular as Zoolander.

The 2001 original bombed at the box office, but eventually earned a cult following on DVD and soon became one of the most quotable comedies in a generation.

Director and star Ben Stiller was initially reluctant to do a sequel to the original and Zoolander 2 proves he should have followed his initial instinct.

It's hard to recapture the magic of the original and, 15 years later, Zoolander 2 gives a few decent laughs but feels like a pale imitation of the original.

Former supermodels Zoolander (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) have been in hiding after their careers nosedived after the events of the previous film.

When mysterious assassins begin taking out prominent celebrities, Interpol fashion agent Valentina (Penelope Cruz) brings Zoolander out of retirement to go undercover in the world of fashion and find the killers.

It's good to see Zoolander and Hansel on screen again but the gags that land are too few for the film's running time.

I feel there was a missed opportunity to satirise the celebrity world since 2001 and, despite a funny scene with a selfie stick, the film plays it safe. A few too many pointless celebrity cameos and bad rehashing of gags from the previous film take away any chances for genuine laughs.

Zoolander 2 has some enjoyable moments but is a wasted opportunity.

South Burnett

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