4 March 2016.
ZOOLANDER 2 ***
I reluctantly went to see this film to be able to warn you against it. I had heard the worst about it. Ben Stiller is a mediocre actor (unlike his talented parents, Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara) with a one-expression face and a knack for making garbage hits that have him laughing all the way to the bank. So I was going to save you money and precious time.
Well, it turned out to be a riotous hoot; a crazy, self-derogatory spoof of the fake worlds of fashion and celebrity: a lesser “Prêt-à-Porter” from the great Robert Altman. Maybe that’s what you get when you expect nothing.
Stiller has co-written and directed this hilarious lunacy while managing to gather tons of stars and celebrities together, from Penelope Cruz to Sting, Justin Bieber to Valentino, Kiefer Sutherland to Anna Wintour, Owen Wilson to Tommy Hilfiger – all willing to make fools of themselves! Plus Benedict Cumberbatch as the divine All, among a slew of other cameos…
This is not for those looking for serious, deep cinema, but for fans of entertainment and all that can be made fun of in the worlds of make-believe. There’s bits of the Bond films, even a nod to Kubrick’s “Eyes Shut Wide”. I have to admit, Stiller’s done well this time.
It’s crazy but worth it, if you’re willing to go with the flow!
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Neptune Ravar Ingwersen reviews film extensively for publications in Switzerland. She views 4 to 8 films a week and her aim is to sort the wheat from the chaff for readers.