Ben Stiller as Derek Zoolander

Owen Wilson as Hansel McDonald

Will Ferrell as Jacobim Mugatu

Penélope Cruz as Melanie Valentina

Kristen Wiig as Alexanya Atoz




2 out of 5

In theaters February 12

The world’s pop stars are being eliminated. Their deaths have one thing in common. They are all wearing a look that was made famous by former male fashion model Derek Zoolander. It is his trademark look: Blue Steel. Interpol Fashion Police seek Zoolander to help them in their investigation, but after the death of his wife and after child services removed their son from his home, Derek has been living as a recluse out of the spotlight. It takes a visit from his friend Billy Zane bearing a mysterious package to get him out of his shell and to the runways of Rome. When Derek gets there, he is reunited with his old frenemy Hansel who has also been out of the modeling game. They have both been summoned to take part in a groundbreaking fashion show that could restart their careers, but fashion industry intrigue and the chance for Derek to reconnect with his estranged son complicate matters. Then when fashion criminal Jacobim Mugatu escapes from prison, things get considerably worse.

Because I am a big fan of the original, I wanted to like this movie, I really did.   The pacing was slow. Too much time was spent on backstory and not moving the story forward. This is the screwiest of comedies so we don’t really need (or want) any detailed backstory,  just quick light points here and there would have sufficed so you could get to the heart of the main story and speed it along.   The plot trips over itself in places. Even some of the characters call out how ridiculous it all is. While it is not as good as I thought it would be, it’s not totally without its charm.   The beauty of this movie is in the cameos and the cameos are plentiful: Justin Bieber, Sting, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Kimye, Kiefer Southerland, even Neil Degrasse Tyson (Yes, I actually said Neil Degrasse Tyson) to name a few.  They even pull in a few designers like Valentino, Marc Jacobs, and Tommy Hilfiger. That’s only the tip of the iceberg, there are lots more, but nothing kills it like the performance of Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Benedict Cumberbatch in his best drag as the androgynous supermodel, All.  That just totally crushed it for me, but I can honestly say that the only reason to stick with this movie is just for the cameos.   Comedically speaking all the actor’s performances in and of themselves are very very funny, but the story just tries too hard to be a thing. Sorry to say Zoo No. 2 is a no go except if you want to see great cameo performances. Save your money. Catch this one on Netflix.

Check out the trailer for “ZOOLANDER NO. 2″ below:


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