Zoolander 2: Blue Steel or Blue Waffle?

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It’s been 15 years since Derek Zoolander strutted the runway and took down evil fashionista Mugatu in his attempts to assassinate the Malaysian Prime Minister. Now, Zoolander is back, but is this sequel more Magnum than Choc Ice? With the popcorn taste still fresh in my mouth, I’ll let you know.

What is Zoolander 2, a sequel for ants?

Justin Bieber ZoolanderYes, I can use a quote out of context and spin it into a section title that makes no sense. Zoolander 2 is the natural money spinning successor to the first movie, but there is of course a story line there. Someone is killing the world’s most famous popstars, with only one piece of evidence tying them together. Their parting selfies on social media show a look, a look which INTERPOL’s fashion police department believe is connected to Derek Zoolander.

After the events that immediately follow the first movie, both Zoolander and his former enemy come friend Hansel (who is so hot right now) are in deep hiding and must be found to get to the bottom of the mysterious celebrity deaths.

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I did indeed, and Zoolander 2 is more or less and hour and a half of “haha, I remember that from the first film”. That’s not, necessarily, a bad thing. In fact, the various tips of the hat to the past jump between being laboured and being hilarious. Don’t worry, there are also plenty of plays upon the old jokes and injections of fresh humour too.

Who is in Zoolander 2?

Heads up, stop reading if you would rather go cameo spotting yourself.

Bono, Peyton Manning, Michael D. Higgins and Neil Armstrong. These are probably the four most famous people that do not feature in Zoolander 2. Honestly, everybody came out of the woodwork for this movie, as it’s an absolute money spinner. Kiefer Sutherland, Neal de Grasse Tyson, Benedict Cutestcucumberpatchinthegarden and a rake of fashion designers to name but a few.

Zoolander 2 Samsung Galaxy S6Moving away from the human presence, some of the world’s biggest brands also spotted the opportunity to make an impact. Perhaps a sign of how little change we should expect to see from Samsung with the impending Galaxy S7 launch is signalled by how much money they pumped into this movie, gaining a poster position with their flagship Galaxy S6 handsets. In fact, product placement in Zoolander 2 is a sign of a much larger problem creeping into Hollywood as the movie probably earned a large portion of it’s overall profits from companies just like Samsung which naturally impacts on the overall creation of a movie.

While Zoolander 2 was ever going to be a work of art, one particular comparison between Derek Zoolander’s phone and a social media guy’s modern equivilant is the pinnacle of cringe in my own opinion. Uber, Samsung, countless fashion brands, and Fiat to name but a few feature. Actually, when this comes out on DVD there is quite a drinking game to be had between cameos and product placement.

Is Zoolander 2 worth going to see?

The big battle here was the battle for Valentines. There are probably countless couples who had to make the choice; Zoolander 2 or Deadpool. Without seeing Deadpool yet, hindsight would have seen be opt to wait for Zoolander 2 to come out on DVD or on demand, paying the top buck for Deadpool. That’s in choosing between two films and not to say I regret seeing Zoolander 2 on the big screen.

There are enough laughs and downright ridiculous bits and pieces throughout the hold your attention and make you chuckle once you get past what is a pretty horrendous opening fifteen minutes. If you stick out the whole movie, you’re unlikely to regret it. Here’s the trailer.