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MOVIE REVIEW: Haute-couture comedy a winner

Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Penelope Cruz in a scene from the movie Zoolander 2.
Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Penelope Cruz in a scene from the movie Zoolander 2. Philippe Antonello

THE most ridiculously good-looking people in the planet are back, and this time they are accompanied by 100 of their closest friends.

Zoolander 2 is two things: a cameo-fest and a hilarious, absurd tale of fashion and shallowness. And I loved it.

The film does what high fashion does best: puts a shiny and glossy veneer of glamour over a very shallow group of people and makes them look desirable.

Actors Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Penelope Cruz and Owen Wilson walk the runway during the Zoolander 2 World Premiere at Alice Tully Hall in New York City.
Actors Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Penelope Cruz and Owen Wilson walk the runway during the Zoolander 2 World Premiere at Alice Tully Hall in New York City. Frazer Harrison

In this second film, Zoolander and Hansel have been hiding from the public for about a decade after the death of Zoolander's wife and his failure as a father means his son is taken away from him.

Hansel cannot forgive Zoolander for the accident which has marked his million-dollar face value for ever.

But all that changes when the extravagant head of a fashion company, Alexanya Atoz (Kristen Wiig), calls them to work for her.

Kristen Wiig and Will Farrell in a scene from the movie Zoolander 2.
Kristen Wiig and Will Farrell in a scene from the movie Zoolander 2. Wilson Webb

And this is where the tsunami of cameos starts.

After watching the film, I thought I had identified every single famous person.

Well, I was wrong. After checking the full cast list, I realised I missed at least five ultra-famous people.

The film starts with Justin Bieber being assassinated in Rome outside Sting's villa, alerting Interpol's Fashion Unit to investigate a number of killings of beautiful people.

This film's script, by Justin Theroux and Ben Stiller, is full of one-liners that are so wrong and stupid, they are hilarious.

Ben Stiller and Penelope Cruz in a scene from the movie Zoolander 2.
Ben Stiller and Penelope Cruz in a scene from the movie Zoolander 2. Wilson Webb

Particularly smashing is All, the androgynous supermodel played by Benedict Cumberbatch, which sparked complaints of transphobia at the time the trailer was released.

Just like the world of high fashion, this film works because it's stupid, funny, and makes for a good laugh but expect no more from it.

Zoolander 2 opens nationally today.

Zoolander 2

Stars: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Penelope Cruz.

Director: Ben Stiller

Rating: M

Reviewer: Javier Encalada

Verdict: 4/5 stars

Topics:  ben stiller, kristen wiig, owen wilson, penelope cruz, will ferrell, zoolander 2



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