A modest box office and critical not-so-hit, fashion satire comedy Zoolander has grown to become something of a cult classic since its release in 2001. 15 years on and stars Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson return as Derek Zoolander and Hansel for a celeb-filled sequel as the pair of ridiculously, ridiculously good looking now former male models head to Europe where they become embroiled in some murder-fuelled shenanigans.
Less satirical as it is a game of spot the celebrity, this Stiller helmed mess is still worth a few laughs among a trainwreck of a plot. Benedict Cumberbatch, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber just some of the A-listers cameoing, with a humorous turn from Kiefer Sutherland as one of Hansel’s frustrated orgy members being the pick of a big bunch. Penélope Cruz and Kristen Wiig join Stiller, Wilson and a returning Will Ferrell to form the film’s main cast, but it’s the latter, despite Wiig’s Gaga-like get-ups, who’s the real star of this extravagant show as the imprisoned former fashion guru turned villain Mugatu.
The movie cannot quite live up to its surprisingly chuckle-worthy opening montage, but Stiller, as Derek, has managed to close the gap between being really, ridiculously (see what I did there?) annoying and actually somewhat amusing – a factor that plagued the overrated original. Though seemingly more concerned with shoehorning in famous people than anything resembling a coherent structure or storyline, Zoolander 2 may lack some of the original’s spark, as well as something to match that Bowie-conducted dance-off, but among the celeb clatter is an increasingly easy-going, and funnier, watch.