Fashion superstar Derek Zoolander is back

By Ivan Mateo

Fifteen years after “Zoolander” was released in 2001, Ben Stiller returns to reprise his role as fashion superstar, Derek Zoolander. “Zoolander 2” continues its ridiculously dumb but funny narrative, which is centered on fashion icons Derek Zoolander and Hansel McDonald (Owen Wilson). However, this time around, they must solve the mystery to who is killing the world’s most beautiful people.

The film begins with a retrospective to help audiences catch up to present-day events involving Zoolander and the fashion world. The Derek Zoolander Center For Kids Who Can’t Read Good And Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too collapsed because of the shoddy materials used to build the center.

Amid the destruction, Matilda Jeffries (Christine Taylor), Zoolander’s wife, sadly did not make it, and McDonald’s face is horrifically damaged. Derek Zoolander Jr. (Cyrus Arnold) is taken away from Zoolander because of negligence.

What reunites Zoolander and McDonald are the mysterious killings of the world’s most beautiful people, and in their final breaths, they flash Zoolander’s patented look of “Blue Steel” and hilariously post their respective selfies to Instagram. Who is the evil mastermind behind this?

There may be too many cameos littered throughout the movie. While some cameos were expected, like Billy Zane, others were surprisingly funny, like Justin Bieber. It also felt like the cameos were used as a crutch.

“Zoolander 2” also leans heavily on callbacks and references to the first film, such as orange mocha Frappuccinos and McDonald’s sexcapades. Besides the entire cast comprising of practically a series of cameos over and over, there were actually new characters introduced.

The new characters introduced are pretty interesting and take a little jab at fashion, hipsters and terribly scary Botox jobs.

Alexanya Atoz (Kristen Wiig), the new and hottest fashion icon, has a thick accent, and her drawn out enunciation of words come off as both incomprehensible and comical. Her Botoxed facial expressions were on point!

Don Atari (Kyle Mooney), Atoz’s right-hand fashion designer, speaks in purely contradictory statements and overuses the word “dude,” which pokes a little fun at hipsters.

Melanie Valentina (Penelope Cruz), an Interpol agent from the “Fashion Police” division, aids Zoolander and McDonald along the way.

Once Jacobim Mugatu (Will Ferrell) reenters the fashion arena, the story gets weirder than it already was. The plot begins to delve into biblical waters with stories of Adam, Eve and Steve. The plot also goes mythical, with talks of an actual fountain of youth. If this all seems nonsensical, you are not the only one who perceives it this way ” especially since in the first film the Malaysian prime minister was planned for assassination. Ridiculousness is not privy to only the sequel.

Does “Zoolander 2” provide anything new for audiences? Yes and no, but mostly no. It kind of felt like the idea for a sequel was much better in theory than the actual execution. Maybe Ben Stiller and company waited too long to release a sequel, but movie production can take years without the right pieces aligning.

The characters are the same characters audiences fell in love with in the first movie. Were there more laughs to be shared this time around? Yes, of course, and maybe that is all that matters.

“Zoolander 2” is rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, a scene of exaggerated violence and brief strong language.

“Zoolander 2” is in theaters now.

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Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

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