Zoolander 2 is almost too nostalgic.
Summary : Zoolander 2 rides the nostalgia train a little too long, but is still a lot of fun.
RELEASE DATE: February 12, 2016
STUDIO: Red Hour Films & Scott Rudin Productions
DIRECTOR: Ben Stiller
MPAA RATING: PG13
STARRING: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Penelope Cruz, Kristen Wiig
Review By: Bryan Keith Davis
Like a whiff of Drakkar Noir, or possibly Obsession for Men, Zoolander 2 hits your nostalgia centers right from the start. Sure, it’s been 15 years since we last saw Derek’s spikey-black hair or Hansel’s bohemian outfits, but it’s like they never left. Things have changed over the years, but not much. Both Derek and Hansel have been in hiding for years, but their chemistry feels as strong as it did in their first adventure. Many of the same jokes come back around, but there are plenty of new ones that make this universe of fun place to visit again.
The story line for this installment is actually fairly complex, with Derek and Hansel being recruited by INTERPOL (Fashion Division, of course) to help solve a series of Rockstar murders. The link to the murders is one of Derek’s “Signature Looks,” and the trio (this time completed, not by Christine Taylor, but by Penelope Cruz) must solve the mystery. Taylor’s Matilda Jeffries (Zoolander’s wife) only shows up for brief cameos, but her skepticism and “Are you serious?!” attitude is passed along brilliantly to Derek Junior. Cyrus Arnold, who plays the offspring, is a perfect choice, displaying apathy, as well as a bit of contempt, for his father. You really feel for this kid and the crazy childhood he must have had.
The bad guys are back, as well: Mugatu (Will Ferrell), Evil DJ (Justin Theroux), Katinka Ingabogovinanana (Milla Jovovich), and joined by new designers Alexanya Atoz (played masterfully by Kristen Wiig) and Don Atari ( the hilarious Kyle Mooney). And, of course, this universe wouldn’t be complete without a crazy amount of celebrity cameos, ranging from the expected fashion icons, such as Tommy Hilfiger and Marc Jacobs, to the completely unexpected, like Neil deGrasse Tyson and Keifer Sutherland. There were also some returns, like the cool dude, Billy Zane. I’m just sorry they didn’t bring back my favorite character, J.P. Prewitt, the World’s Greatest Hand Model (played in the original Zoolander by David Duchovny). But this time we get Sting, who’s revealed backstory is a nice twist.
All in all, if you loved the first Zoolander, you should have no problem slipping back into the crazy world of Male Modeling in Zoolander 2.