Zoolander 2 boasts a plot far sillier than its predecessor – no mean feat, but very much a good thing – and is far more interested in drama and action. These latter elements are less successful, as Derek’s search for his estranged son brings an attempt at sincere emotion which feels at odds with the original film’s self-deprecating frivolity.
Stiller’s script has some fun with the common sequel trap of repeating old plot points and jokes, but doesn’t escape it entirely. It’s a relief then that the jokes about the series’ new target – hipsters – land as successfully as before.
Derek Zoolander is arguably Ben Stiller’s greatest creation, and whilst he’s still got it in front of camera, he’s less successful behind it with an inconsistent script and direction.
CAST: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Penélope Cruz, Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig
DIRECTOR: Ben Stiller
WRITERS: Justin Theroux, Ben Stiller, Nicholas Stoller, John Hamburg
SYNOPSIS: Derek (Stiller) and Hansel (Wilson) return from their self-imposed exile to the world of modelling as Derek searches for his estranged son and an old enemy returns.