Zoolander 2

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Zoolander fans can breathe a flamboyant sigh of relief: 15 years on, this sequel is as funny, silly and lovingly teasing. Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson return as male models Derek Zoolander and Hansel who are recalled to the world of haute couture after a string of murdered celebrities mysteriously use their last breaths to take “Blue Steel” selfies – mimicking Derek’s famous catwalk pose.

It’s the start of an increasingly lunatic Bond-meets-Blahnik adventure that leads them back into the hands of Will Ferrell’s fashion designer/evil villain Mugatu. Penélope Cruz gets into the Zoolander spirit as a detective from the fashion police and Kristen Wiig gives good Botox face (and voice) as an industry magnate.

The cameos come thick and fast (Anna Wintour has a speaking part) and they mostly add to the film’s story rather than feeling like a string of SNL sketches. It doesn’t always make sense, but the humour is on-trend: Netflix and Uber get a nod and Mugatu teases Tommy Hilfiger with a very 2016 burn.

Attempts at zeitgeist comedy don’t always pay off, and some later scenes fall flat as a series of last-minute twists dampen the high-energy of all that comes before, but mostly, Zoolander 2 hits the mark.

The bottom line
Made by fans, for fans, with just enough for all.

By Time Out staff
Time Out Doha,

Zoolander 2

  • Duration: 102
  • Released: Thu, 25 Feb
  • Language: English
  • Director: Ben Stiller
  • Stars: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Penélope Cruz

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