Movie Review: Zoolander 2

Amie Muller, Staff Writer

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What movie incorporates an ex-team of male models, comedians, and bad jokes? Zoolander 2 delivers just that! Directed by and starring Ben Stiller, the movie is an American Comedy film recently released on February 12, 2016 and is a sequel to the 2001 film, Zoolander.

In the first movie of the series, Derek Zoolander hopes to win the title of Male Model of the Year, but loses to Hansel McDonald played by Owen Wilson. After losing, Derek Zoolander is desperate to get another modeling gig so he accepts an invitation from Jacobim Mugatu to be in his fashion show. Jacobim Mugatu brainwashes Derek Zoolander into assassinating the Prime Minster of Malaysia. At the end of Zoolander, Derek Zoolander and Hansel McDonald go into hiding for two years.

The movie Zoolander 2, is about the two formerly famous male models in the first series, Derek Zoolander and Hansel McDonald, who are trying to find Zoolander’s son, Derek Jr. While their searching, the duo helps the Fashion Interpol to infiltrate a new world of high fashion after recent assassinations of the “world’s most beautiful people.” The Fashion Interpol have recruited Derek Zoolander and Hansel McDonald because the victims of the recent assassinations have died with Derek Zoolander’s trademark look on their face known as “Blue Steele.” As the Fashion Interpol try to get to the bottom of the assassinations, Zoolander’s rival, Jacobim Mugatu escapes prison and seeks revenge.

My favorite part of the movie was when Jacobim Mugatu traps the world’s famous fashion icons with no means of escape. As Mugatu attempts to get revenge on Zoolander, all of the world’s famous fashion icons are thinking they are about to perform a ritual to gain eternal youth by consuming the blood of the chosen one which happens to be Derek Jr, Zoolander’s son. Mugatu throws a knife at Zoolander’s son, but Zoolander manages to stop the knife from hitting his son with his trademark stare, “Blue Steele.” He miserably fails and the knife ends up impaling him in his right cheek.

Despite the happy ending with Zoolander winning his son’s respect back, the entire plot of the movie was confusing, very eccentric, and difficult to interpret. Although there were some funny moments, the rest of the movie was hard to comprehend. Given the fact that I did not watch the first movie, I was somewhat confused about what had happened before. Personally, I would not recommend this movie to any of my friends and/or family.


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