Mar 03, 2016

    Sequel lacks wings to take off smoothly from runway


    ZOOLANDER 2 (NC16)


    Comedy/102 minutes/Opens today

    Rating: 2/5


    The story:

    Male models Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) are lured back to the modelling world after years of seclusion. They find themselves in the thick of a conspiracy where famous pop stars are mysteriously killed.


    YOU will either love or hate something like Zoolander 2.

    I fall into the latter category, mainly because its story does not make sense.

    It starts off with promise but it does not take long for the plot to spin wayward.

    Stiller and Wilson still have the magical chemistry that keeps this comedy together.

    Penelope Cruz's curves and vivacity also give the testosterone-heavy film a much-needed feminine touch.

    Will Ferrell and the unrecognisable Kristen Wiig are hilarious but it is a pity both are not given enough screen time. There are some gems but, most of the time, the jokes fall flat.

    Stiller, or rather Zoolander, prides himself on giving us the amazing Blue Steel pout and the Magnum modelesque look but it loses its hilarity after you see it one too many times.

    The first movie back in 2001 prided itself for scoring many celebrity cameos. But there are too many famous faces squeezed in here.

    However, someone should give Benedict Cumberbatch his own comedy or a spin-off. His transgender character All is the best thing in the movie.