Zoolander 2 Blu-ray Review

Have you ever been excited for something and no matter what you’ve heard, you still wanted to give it a try? This happens a lot with movies. If you’re excited enough, you’re ready to ignore the haters and make your own judgement. That’s what I wanted to do with ZOOLANDER 2. The first was a sleeper hit that got a lot more traction on home video, and inevitably on Netflix. ZOOLANDER has that unique distinction of being clever at telling dumb jokes. ZOOLANDER 2 just tells dumb jokes.

It’s easy to tell that ZOOLANDER 2 was more of a cash-in than a genuine need for a sequel. Of course the first ZOOLANDER never warranted a sequel or left any unsolved issues. ZOOLANDER 2 informs the audience that Derek Zoolander (Stiller) has gone into hiding. It comes after his school for the “Kids Who Can’t Read Very Good” collapses from poor construction equipment (rubber cement), killing his wife, He’s also found to be an unfit father to his only child and loses custody. Also in hiding, but not through a horrific series of events, is Hansel (Wilson).

Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson in Zoolander 2

Both are approached by a designer and both are looking to reemerge from the shadows and reclaim the spotlight. In the meantime, someone is killing a bunch of famous people and models who flash the “Blue Steel” look before dying. The murders seem like a footnote in the plotting, but at least it provides the viewer with a wonderful slow motion kill of Justin Bieber. Both these plots will eventually collide, but it takes a while, and not before we hear some bad jokes.

ZOOLANDER 2 seems to relish in the past as it references or repackages the jokes you know and love from the first. While some of the repacking works, the referencing doesn’t. It’s like a parody movie that doesn’t parody a film, but instead just reenacts a scene. ZOOLANDER 2 was written by four people, but none of them seemed to think of a clear reason why Derek should be back on the silver screen.

Will Ferrell in Zoolander 2

While the first movie’s plot involved an international conspiracy to continue child labor laws, ZOOLANDER 2 is a lot more muddled and lacking in detail. The movie flies our cast out to Rome because I guess that’s where Stiller and his family wanted to vacation last year. The movie really doesn’t get good until the third act, but by then you’re really ready to check out. The only reason the third act is good is because it brings back Derek’s arch enemy, Jacobim (Ferrell).

Ferrell’s arrival is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of cameos. There’s a lot. Some hit hard and provide a much needed laugh, while others crash and burn. It’s almost like the writers couldn’t think of a joke that wasn’t attached to the appearance of one of the many actors that showed up. Not to say that Benedict Cumberbatch, Billy Zane, Susan Boyle, and countless others weren’t utilized or funny, but there’s nothing memorable in their appearance.

Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson in Zoolander 2

I must reiterate. I really wanted to like this movie. I did laugh. I enjoyed some of the cameos. I was ecstatic when Will Ferrell showed up, which is something you probably don’t hear a lot anymore. But it’s missing that touch of clever that made the first one so endearing when it was highlighting the stupidity of fashion model characters. I’d love to talk about how much I enjoyed ZOOLANDER. I really didn’t want to talk about how disappointing ZOOLANDER 2 was, but it is what it is. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that a ZOOLANDER 3 isn’t being worked on somewhere.

BLU-RAY REVIEW

Video: (1080p Widescreen 2:39:1) Everything comes through crystal clear and Stiller once again gets to show off his directing prowess.

Audio: (English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1) The serious action tone of the soundtrack blends well with the inherent silliness happening on screen.

The ZOOLANDER Legacy (9:02): The title is self-explanatory. It mainly focuses on why the movie is a minor cult classic because of the post-9/11 world we found ourselves in. After talking about the original’s impact, the feature links that admiration for the original for the reasoning behind creating the sequel.

Go Big or Go Home (7:38): This feature focuses on Rome and what it brings to the movie. I don’t believe the city adds anything to the story. It feels more like an excuse for the cast and crew to take a vacation.

Drake Sather: The Man Who Created ZOOLANDER (8:26): A very interesting feature about a little known stand-up comic. Drake Sather is one of the key writers and creators of Derek Zoolander. They talk about how his influence and tragic death that delayed ZOOLANDER 2. This feature may have pinpointed the magic that was missing from this sequel.

Youth Milk (1:30): A fake ad for a face cream that’s very, very suggestive.

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