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Zoolander 2 – Movie Review

Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) are back as former supermodels self-exiled into the wintery tundra of New Jersey and the desert wasteland of Malibu. Now aging supermodels, Derek and Hansel must find out who they are and discover why famous celebrities are being murdered.

Release Date:  February 12, 2016
Writer: Ben Stiller, Justin Theroux
Director: Ben Stiller
Cast: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Penelope Cruz

For Derek Zoolander, his dreams died 12 years ago when his school for Children-Who-Don’t-Read-Good, collapsed and killed his wife, Matilda. Soon, his soon Derek Jr. Is taken away from him because he was caught on video not knowing how to make spaghetti soft. After being scared from the collapse of the school, Hansel also goes into seclusion with his orgy, lead by Kiefer Sutherland (Kiefer Sutherland). The orgy wants to make a family, but Hansel doesn’t know if he’s ready to be a father to his orgy’s babies.

A distant figure Billy Zane (Billy Zane) visits Derek and Hansel with a message. They have been invited to model once again for up-and-coming designer Don Atari (Kyle Mooney) and his mentor Alexanya Atoz (Kristen Wiig). What follows is a series of wacky and unlikely events ultimately unveiling a more sinister plot. Agent Valentina (Penelope Cruz) who is part of the fashion division of Interpol, enlist Derek and Hansel to uncover the sinister plot involves Derek Jr. (Cyrus Arnold).

What makes Zoolander 2 work as a comedy is the world in which the movie exists, created by writers Ben Stiller and Justin Theroux. They’ve created a wacky world within the real world. The key is the rules to this world must be religiously followed. The story’s solid, but strange, plotline makes enough sense to be passable to the film’s audience. Zoolander 2 amazingly stands on a pretty solid foundation.

Whether you like the film or not, now depends on whether or not you like the Zoolander world and the silliness of Zoolander and company. The movie is peppered with fashion world inside jokes. Like any good movie, Zoolander 2 asks and simple question. What if the fashion industry secretly ruled the world? Liking the movie hinges on whether you want to know the answer.

Surprisingly, Zoolander 2 is filled with dozens of cameos and these cameos work. In most cases, celebrities don’t just appear, just to appear. Celebrities have a role in this world. For example, Keifer Sutherland plays the spokesperson for Hansel’s orgy and uses his dramatic skills for laughs. Benedict Cumberbatch is mystifying as the asexual model All, who models for no gender.

When it’s all said and done, you will like or not like Zoolander because you found it funny or not funny. Ben Stiller did everything right to make a well thought out sequel for a silly movie. I laughed through the majority of the movie and laughed out loud and some really stupid jokes. If you liked the original Zoolander, you will like Zoolander 2.

While We’re Young – Movie Review

While We’re Young is the story of a middle-aged couple, Josh (Ben Stiller) and Cornelia (Naomi Watts), who feel out of place amongst a sea of friends with children. Josh is a documentary filmmaker, and Cornelia is a film producer, who works for her famous father, Leslie Breitbart (Charles Grodin).

Dissatisfied with his life and frustrated with his stalled 10-year-old documentary, Josh meets a younger couple in experimental filmmaker Jaime (Adam Driver) and his wife Darby (Amanda Seyfried). Josh and Cornelia quickly become close friends with Jaime and Darby as if they were younger versions of themselves. Suddenly, Josh and Cornelia are injected with a burst of energy living the lives of a younger generation.

Writer/Director Noah Baumbach tells a story about the realities of growing older. As with all good stories, events never favor the hero and age catch up to Jack and Cornelia. Jack soon become suspicious of not only Jaime’s motives for friendship, but even his closest friends, family, and wife.

Ben Stiller has found his niche as the normal man. He plays the insecure, underestimated man to perfection. In While We’re Young, he plays it exceptionally well. The difference is that instead of Josh’s life falling apart in a comedic way (e.g. Meet the Parents) but it falls apart in an insightful way. What happens to Josh is unique and atypical of Stiller’s other film.

Naomi Watts plays the perfect partner for Josh. Cornelia also has to cope with aging but also supporting her husband, while trying to cope with the loss of her dreams, like parenthood.

All around the acting is exceptional, even from the supporting Driver and Seyfried play Jaime and Darby as the ever-optimistic young hipster couple. Their youth is infectious as their playfulness slowly turns to annoying over the course of the film. Stiller’s character Josh says it best when he walks through Jaime and Darby’s apartment, seeing their vast vinyl collection. They managed to take everything they had growing up that was old and made it cool again.

While We’re Young is an excellent film about aging and recapturing our youth. Baumbach’s story and direction take us into familiar territory but in an unfamiliar way. The ending is sweet and unexpectedly expected. I know this sounds crazy, but it would be a disservice to you to give away the events of the second half.

While We’re Young – Movie Review

While We’re Young is the story of a middle-aged couple, Josh (Ben Stiller) and Cornelia (Naomi Watts), who feel out of place amongst a sea of friends with children. Josh is a documentary filmmaker, and Cornelia is a film producer, who works for her famous father, Leslie Breitbart (Charles Grodin).

Dissatisfied with his life and frustrated with his stalled 10-year-old documentary, Josh meets a younger couple in experimental filmmaker Jaime (Adam Driver) and his wife Darby (Amanda Seyfried). Josh and Cornelia quickly become close friends with Jaime and Darby as if they were younger versions of themselves. Suddenly, Josh and Cornelia are injected with a burst of energy living the lives of a younger generation.

Writer/Director Noah Baumbach tells a story about the realities of growing older. As with all good stories, events never favor the hero and age catch up to Jack and Cornelia. Jack soon become suspicious of not only Jaime’s motives for friendship, but even his closest friends, family, and wife.

Ben Stiller has found his niche as the normal man. He plays the insecure, underestimated man to perfection. In While We’re Young, he plays it exceptionally well. The difference is that instead of Josh’s life falling apart in a comedic way (e.g. Meet the Parents) but it falls apart in an insightful way. What happens to Josh is unique and atypical of Stiller’s other film.

While Were Young 04Naomi Watts plays the perfect partner for Josh. Cornelia also has to cope with aging but also supporting her husband, while trying to cope with the loss of her dreams, like parenthood.

All around the acting is exceptional, even from the supporting Driver and Seyfried play Jaime and Darby as the ever-optimistic young hipster couple. Their youth is infectious as their playfulness slowly turns to annoying over the course of the film. Stiller’s character Josh says it best when he walks through Jaime and Darby’s apartment, seeing their vast vinyl collection. They managed to take everything they had growing up that was old and made it cool again.

While We’re Young is an excellent film about aging and recapturing our youth. Baumbach’s story and direction take us into familiar territory but in an unfamiliar way. The ending is sweet and unexpectedly expected. I know this sounds crazy, but it would be a disservice to you to give away the events of the second half.