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I knew nothing about the film 'Zoolander' other than that it was a comedy starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. As a fan of this comic pair I knew the second I saw it in the bargain bucket at my local supermarket that it was a must see for these steadily darkening, rainy evenings.
The film follows quite a basic storyline- there is no need for any deep concentration, which is exactly what I wanted when I put the film on. Ben Stiller's character has won a best male model competition for several years running and assumes that this year will be no different. However, he is beaten in the contest by Owen Wilson's character, and the story continues from there, following there initial rivalry and subsequently there friendship.
The storyline has no particular substance to it, and to be honest, I don't think the film would have been half as enjoyable with different lead characters, but this pair of actors, as usual, do not disappoint. The film is full of their tongue in cheek, innocent humour and their happy carefree attitude brings a smile to my face. Simply watching them in their roles as models, over-exaggerating their posing faces was hilarious. They have great chemistry together and were a joy to watch regardless of a slightly weak storyline.
The film is rated as a '12' but I had no problem at all letting my 10 year old daughter watch it. There is just one sexual reference, but I think it could quite easily go unnoticed by innocent minds! The language is tame and there is no violence to speak of so it is reasonably child friendly - it's just that I think the film may struggle to keep the interest of a child.
I bought it for £2.99 as it's several years old now, but I wouldn't be willing to pay much more for it. It's good value for us as my daughter is a bit of a film addict and watches them all in circulation, so it will be watched a few times.
Zoolander is extremely light-hearted and not to be taken seriously on any level, so for anyone after a thought-provoking film I certainly don't advise this one. If, however, you are a after a film to giggle along to and pass on a couple of hours then it's great.
As mentioned, if it wasn't a Ben Stiller&Owen Wilson film I think it would struggle, and to anyone who doesn't like the pair I would certainly avoid this film, but otherwise it's a cheerful, light-hearted watch.
Film Duration: 89 minutes
Director: Ben Stiller
Country: United States
Rating: All Ages
Ben Stiller as Derek Zoolander
Owen Wilson as Hansel McDonald
Christine Taylor as Matilda Jeffries
Will Ferrell as Mugatu Jacobim
Milla Jovovich as Katinka Ingabogovinanana
The story is about famous model Derek Zoolander, who thinks he's totally awesome. He has invented a look called Blue Steel, which made his famous. He's the model of the year and thinks he's going to win again, but then looses from Hansel. Suddenly his amazing look is that popular anymore and he loses jobs. When a magazine runs a awful mean story about him, he decides its time to stop with modelling. He is planning to set up a school for children who can not read, but that does not quite according to plan! And soon he found himself living again with his parents working in a mine. He seems completely to have lost his path. Will he find his way back as a model and be famous?
You have some famous actors in this movie with Ben Stiller in the lead, who has also directed the film. He is definitely one of my favorites in this film and plays again with great energy and emotions. He plays this silly character very well and is very convincing. You also got Owen Wilson in this movie playing Hansel. Certainly no stranger to the comedy world and in this film he plays a sort of hippie-like model, the competitor Derek. He plays so often in movies alongside Ben Stiller and you notice that there is definitely some chemistry between two actors and is certainly working. Other famous actors in this movie are Will Ferrell and Milla Jovovich who are also good performers, but there are certainly plenty of famous guest stars in this movie!
There are some extras on this DVD including commentary by Ben Stiller and co-writers Drake Stather and John Hamburg. The three talk about the difficulties they have had during the filming and identifying locations for filming. Here and there are some funny moments but also moments of silence. Certainly just fun to listen to. Another extra is five deleted scenes and five extended also to listen with commentary by Ben Stiller. You can understand why these haven't made the film, but they are fun to watch. Furthermore, there are bloopers on the DVD, which are funny to watch.
My expectation of this movie was not very high, but must say I was pleasantly surprised when I first saw it. There are certainly very funny moments in the movie where I had to laugh hard. Clear to me is that Ben Stiller really knows what humor is, but you must be a fan of easy going humor. What the film also makes great are the very good performances. The actors are really good in their timing, humor and chemistry. I definitely recommend this movie because it's just funny to watch.
Zoolander is an American comedy starring Ben Stiller as an idiotic yet hugely successful male model who suffers from an identity crisis when he is usurped from his position of top international model by an equally vacuous Owen Wilson. The rivialry between these two characters is amusing and engaging, and the film works well as an (admittedly affectionate) attack on the fakeness of Hollywood, with lots of big-name real-life Hollywood "stars" lining up to be lampooned along the way. However the film soon abandons the rivalry between its two central protagonists to concentrate on a more silly and very well-trodden route whereby it turns out that Stiller has been programmed, Manchurian Candidate style, by a shady cabal of clothing manufacturers to assassinate the benevolent leader of an Asian country whose plans to abolish slave labout are threatening the manufacturer's profit margins. The chief baddie of the piece is a ridiculously over-the top fashion designer character called Mugato, played by Will Ferrell with all his usual endaring silliness, whilst elsewhere David Duchovny of X Files fame cameos as a conspiracy theorist and ex-hand-model who keeps his left hand sealed within a little vaccuum-chamber on his wrist to avoid its beuty from ever fading.
The film is a fairly standard modern US silly slapstick film in a similar vein to Anchorman and its like, but whilst it does lose its way a little towards the end Stiller plays his dunce of a character with much moronic aplomb and there are some great lines and comedy moments, such as Owen Wilson's acceptance speech upon winning Top Model award, in which he observes that "I really like Sting. I dont really listen to his music but I respect the fact that he is making it". (A knowing little nod to moronic model speeches that one, which brings to mind this all-time real life classic-)
Elsewhere in Zoolander there is a genuinely hilarious sequence in which a group of male models with the combined IQ of a strawberry engage in a "water" fight with the petrol pumps at a local gas-station. I'll let you join up the dots as to how that one works out.
Zoolander is probably Stiller's funniest film, which isnt saying a great deal, but whilst it isnt a patch on Anchorman or even Dumb and Dumber its still a fairly funny US comedy and worth a watch.
Ben Stiller is one of my favourite actors and has made some great movies over the years and zoolander is another one to add to that list, even if it is ridiculous at times. This was released in 2001 and is one of his best in my opinion. He stars alongside Owen Wilson again in this movie that takes the mickey out of the fashion world.
The plot is pretty simple really, although there is always something going on and you won't get bored. Ben Stiller plays Derek Zoolander who is a male model and not a very bright one at that. He was extremely successful at the top of his game and in his career. However, he loses to Hansel, played by Owen Wilson who is his main rival in the male supermodel world, in the VH1 Fashion Awards. Model of the year goes to his rival and it's hard from him bear. He is unsure as to where to go next and how is life will pan out now he's not number one anymore.
After his loss Derek Zoolander now becomes integral in the story in this movie surrounding the new prime minister of Malaysia. He was going to abolish child labour that would destroy the fashion industry as they use child labour to manufacture their clothing. Top designer Mugatu was informed that he needs to find a way to kill the prime minister and he decides to use Derek in his plot. He is just stupid enough to do it.
Zoolander does get silly at times but is very funny. It pokes fun at the world of high end fashion throughout the movie. Ben Stiller is brilliant in his role as Derek Zoolander and interacts with Owen Wilson as Hansel really well and there are some hilarious scenes between the pair.
This is a great movie that is well worth watching if you are a Ben Stiller fan or not. It does get stupid but there are some hilarious parts scattered throughout it.
'I can Deralick my own balls' sorry to start off with a crude line but it's the line that has always got me going from this film! It is supposed to be a witty come back. Not bad from a man just out of the stone age - as the film portrays him -
The film focuses on the competition between two males models to be the very best. The older most experienced model Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) amd the new 'So hot right now' model Hansel (Owen Wilson).
The pair has stared on several films together and the chemistry really shows as they fit so comfortably with each other and the roles. With the two characters having very little mental capacity and relying entirely on other people to sort out their lives, disaster strikes when Zoolander gets caught up in being hypnotized into killing the Priminister of Malaysia!
All hell brakes loose and the only way to save them is to start thinking for themselves.
I found the film very enjoyable to watch and its one you can watch again and again its simple and effective with a nice ending. Its one that the whole family can watch and get involved with as well as being one to watch with mates. There is very little negative things to say about it as its such a standard funny film
FILM ONLY REVIEW
Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson have been a good combination in previous films I have watched them in but for me this film was such a let down. I was expecting it too b very good and funny but I have to say it was the complete opposite.
Derek Zoolander has been a very successful model and won the model of the year award for the last 3 years and is hoping to win it again but unfortunately he is beaten by the new and rising star Hansel. He soon finds out that not wining the award has drastic consequences on his career and he is not being offered the work which he was getting before.
He is down in the dumps but things soon take a turn for the better when he is offered a new job, little does he know he is only offered the job o he can be brain washed to kill the Prime Minister of Malaysia so that the company can keep getting their clothes made on the cheap.
Will Derek be able to work out with the help of a news reporter what the real truth about his new job is and ultimately will he ever get back on top and beat Hansel to the title of Model of the Year?
The plot for this film may seen a little weak but believe me this is as good as the film gets. I found that a lot more could have perhaps been done with the storyline if a little more time was taken on the details and perhaps slightly stronger characters included.
Ben Stiller played the role of Derek Zoolander and I have to say he did the best with what he was given but there was nothing to really connect with in his character. I think he had the most stupid accent and the way he always did stupid looks and poses was just stupid and not at all funny. At times the way he came across was very camp and this for me took away from the storyline as I was unable to take anything he did seriously. Owen Wilson played the role of Hansel and he too was slightly annoying. I have to say I did actually prefer his character to that of Zoolander, maybe this was due to not seeing so much of him on screen. He was slightly weak and came across as if he was drugged up and had no idea of where he was or what he was doing.
There were a few main supporting actors in the film but none of them really stood out and some of them really did not look as if they should have been in the film as they just looked so unreal and as if they were trying out for a job in a circus.
One thing which this film did have going for it was the music. There was quite a good soundtrack to the film which at times did make this more bearable to watch. The lively tracks really picked this film up at times. There were no real special effects in the film but the few we did have were done OK but they were nothing special and certainly none of them stood out.
The comedy in this film came from both spoken and visual things. At times I did actually have a good chuckle but for the majority of the supposedly funny bits I did not even smile as they were just stupid and verging on annoying. I think the humour was played in the wrong way and the characters were camping it up and for me if they would have played it straight and done the humour in a straight way then it would have come across so much better.
As I said this is a film only review so there are no bonus features to speak of. The running time of the film is 89 minutes and I have to say this was quite long enough. The film has a 12 certificate and I do agree with this. This is available to buy for just a few pounds on Amazon but I really would not waste the money.
Overall I cannot recommend this film as it was such a let down for me, it was cheesy, camp and basically a load of rubbish which I wasted 89 minutes on.
Running time 85 minutes
Zoolander sees Derek Zoolander (Ben stiller) and Hansall (Owen Wilson)
batteling it out to become the worls top model.Zoolander has won it fot the last 3 years in a row,but faces stiff competiton from new kid on the block Hansall.After realising he has lost to Hansall Zoolandander decides to call it a day and gives up modelling.
However when top fashion designer Mugatu (will Ferrel) asks him to be the face of his new campaign Zoolander jumps at the chance to get one over on Hansall.It soon becomes apparant that Mugatu has alteria motives to hiring Zoolander,when it becomes apparant that he is using Zoolander to Kill the primeminister of Malaysia.Mugatu wants him dead as he is threatening to abolish child labour and force the fashion design world to pay proper wages to its workers.Will Zoolander and Hansall be able to put their differences aside and defeat Mugatu , or will Zoolander go ahead with the execution.
I thouroughly enjoyed this film it is typicall Ben Stiller stupidity comedey but it works,eveything from the petrol fight to the minute mobile phones.I found myself laughing throughout the whole film.I am a big fan of Stillers thoough so i knew i would like this.If you do not like his other films i would not recommend this as you will find it both annoying and unfunny.Owen Wilsen and Stiller are both hilarious in thier roles as male models,but it is Will Ferrel who steals the show for me as the evil Mugatu.The plain stupidness portraied by stiller and wilson is excellent and really makes you wonder if this is how male models are.Its quite stereotypicall with the stupidness ,playing on that fact that all models are dumb but it is absoloutly hilarious.
You can purchase it for about £2.99 from amazon and is definatley worth the money if you are a stiller fan.I highly recommend that you watch this film.
Ben Stiller is known more for his 'silly' style of comedy than for anything else, really. There are other comic actors who adopt a silly style, but his draws you in and keeps you thinking there's an element of seriousness before then hitting you with the silly sucker punch, making you wonder why you would ever think it could be serious at all.
Zoolander is one such film. It features Stiller as Derek Zoolander, a male model on top of his game. He's the model everyone wants to be like or be with. The pout is legendary, and he has a number of different 'looks' (despite them all looking the same to you and I). Along comes Hansel (Owen Wilson) with his relaxed, casual style and his flowing blonde locks, and all of a sudden, the new kid on the block has stolen Zoolander's thunder.
Meanwhile, there is a sinister plot going on behind the scenes. Models are being used for ulterior purposes, and as Zoolander and Hansel begin to uncover a dangerous world of brainwashing and political sabotage, and ultimately....murder! But don't worry, it's all given with a ridiculous amount of silliness as well!!
It's almost over the top, in a way. It definitely appealed to me when I first saw it, and Stiller does silly comedy very well. Wilson was decent as well, and a few cameos from stars such as Will Ferrell are welcome, and showed the sign of things to come with him. The acting overall is good, and Stiller involves his dad, Jerry, David Duchovny, Jon Voight and some other recognisables as he makes his merry way to another obscure film.
The comedy is relentless, and you soon realise that nothing is to be taken seriously. Some of the lines are hilarious, and while a certain element of the comedy passes you by if you're not paying attention, there is no requirement to pay full attention to understand what's going on. It's perfectly easy to understand by watching it while you're doing something else, although I don't recommend doing this as you'll be missing out on some subtle comedic moments that are well worth watching.
In this respect, it's one of those films that you can watch over and over again, as there will likely be another little snippet that you missed or forgot the first time. It remains constant amusement for me, and I happily watch it whenever it's on. Yes, it's very silly, and occasionally goes as little over the top, but by and large it's really enjoyable and will make you laugh with how silly it can be. I recommend giving it a go.
Zoolander is available on DVD from amazon.co.uk for £2.98 at the moment - bargain! Recommended.
note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room
Zoolander is a real curiosity, and a film that I find if I watch it in the wrong mood, I dispise it, but if viewed in the ironic, tongue-in-cheek cornball way that it's supposed to, then it is rather funny. It adheres to the mantra that something can be "so bad it's good", and in that stead, Zoolander aims low, and for the most part hits its targets as a result.
The plot revolves around a mysterious man named Jacobim Mugatu (Will Ferrell), who has to find a fashion model who can be brainwashed into murdering the Prime Minister of Malaysia. They decide that the perfect candidate is the rather dappy Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller), a man who is very shallow and not so clever, but he knows nothing else and is by all accounts a nice enough guy. Zoolander used to be the most revered model in the world, with his acclaimed Blue Steel pout, but he has recently been replaced by Hansel (Owen Wilson), an up-and-comer who has his own look. After being rejected by his own family, Derek tries to find a way to break back into the industry, and comes across Matilda Jeffries (Christine Taylor), a woman who wrote a particularly inflammatory article about Zoolander, and then tries to atone for it by finding him some more work.
A very silly film indeed, but Zoolander has a quality that the jokes are so utterly stupid that they're pretty funny. It misses the mark a few times, but there are some pretty great scenes, such as the one involving David Bowie officiating the dance off between Stiller and Wilson.
Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) is a male model of world renown brought up from mining stock, he was born with the face of a generation, he is therefore the world's greatest male model, but something is missing from his life.
He has a desire to help others to learn to read and write better than they currently can.
Derek decides to pack modelling in and do something more with his life, but he is lured back by the mysterious Mugatu to the runway, however he doesn't realise he has been brainwashed to kill the President of Malaysia.
Can this clueless male model avoid becoming the face of a generation for different reasons with the help of journalist Matilda Jeffries (Cristine Taylor) and his nemesis turned best friend, Hansel (Owen Wilson).
Ben Stiller ... Derek Zoolander
Owen Wilson ... Hansel
Christine Taylor ... Matilda Jeffries
Will Ferrell ... Mugatu
Milla Jovovich ... Katinka
Jerry Stiller ... Maury Ballstein
David Duchovny ... J.P. Prewitt
Jon Voight ... Larry Zoolander
Judah Friedlander ... Scrappy Zoolander
Nathan Lee Graham ... Todd
Alexandre Manning ... Brint (as Alexander Manning)
Asio Highsmith ... Rufus
Alexander Skarsgård Meekus
Donald Trump ... Himself
Christian Slater ... Himself
I enjoyed this film, it is fairly insubstantial and I think its supposed to be because of the subject, Zoolander is a vain idiot but his heart is in the right place, Stiller plays him well and as is often the case in his films, his real life wife Taylor plays the love interest and the voice of reason on the madness going on.
Owen Wilson is good as Hansel the male model taking over from Zoolander as the face of a generation, their walk off judged by David Bowie is a particular highlight of the film, it is satirical and really aimed at mocking the fashion industry, it has a stream of cameos from celebrities and models and they all take the mickey out of themselves.
The film is amusing but ultimately as vacuous as the main character, the plot is ridiculous and just gives Will Ferrell the chance to play a whacky baddy. Overall its a fun 2 hours but fairly forgettable stuff.
The DVD is available on Play.com for £2.99 and includes the following special features:
Commentary with Ben Stiller and writers Drake Sather & John Hamburg (subtitles available in English and German)
5 deleted scenes with commentary by Ben Stiller
5 extended scenes with commentary by Ben Stiller
2 original skits from the VH1/Vogue fashion awards 1996/97
Alternate end titles
After multiple people recommending this film to me, I felt that I couldn't let the cheap price of the DVD on amazon pass me by. Zoolander, starring Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Christine Taylor and Will Ferrell, features a high number of high profile cameos, and has become a bit of a cult classic.
Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) is a clueless male model, famous for his facial expressions 'Blue Steel', 'Le Tigre' and 'Ferrari' (all of which are, in fact, the same stereotyped model face of sucked in cheeks and pouted lips). However, his position as the top male model comes into danger due to the talent of Hansel (Owen Wilson), an up and coming model who wins the VH1 fashion award above his older rival. Soon after, Mugatu (Will Ferrell), hires Zoolander for a fashion show, brainwashing Zoolander so that during the show he will assassinate the Malaysian prime minister in order to prevent the increase in minimum wages. From here on in, the audience is presented with a number of amusing scenarios as the characters try to prevent Derek from committing the felony.
*Does It Work?*
The film is excessively immature at times, so don't expect to come out of it feeling intellectually stimulated. Almost every minute is played for laughs, and some work, some don't. The petrol fight in the car park feels slightly empty, and doesn't come across as particularly funny, instead just seeming to use up some of the budget. The film is entirely based upon stereotypes, and this is where it falls short. There are times in the film where you want more than just comedy based upon this; you need more than a few stereotypes to make good comedy.
Ben Stiller as Derek Zoolander is overly idiotic, but the roll calls for such. There is one scene, when he's looking at a scaled down version of the "Derek Zoolander Center For Kids Who Don't Read Good" and declares children couldn't fit inside, that feels too exaggerated. Nonetheless, he is quite an amusing individual, and it is Stiller's charm that holds the film together whenever the script becomes threadbare.
Owen Wilson as Hansel McDonald is a male model, and the younger rival to Zoolander. The rivalry and later friendship between Zoolander and Hansel works well, and the chemistry between the two is great. Wilson himself is impressive and slightly less idiotic than his rival, more of a stereotyped hippy as opposed to a stereotyped male model like Zoolander.
Christine Taylor as Matilda Jeffries is the columnist who tries to help Derek throughout the film. Taylor is supposedly the only intellectual character within the film, but appears vacuous and stereotyped.
Will Ferrell is Jacobim Mugatu, the principle villain in the film. Mugatu is a fashion designer who wishes to keep using child labour in Malaysia, and to do so needs to assassinate the prime minister. As an actor, I do not enjoy Ferrell's style, and this film is no different, but if you enjoy him in other films then you will enjoy him in this.
Milla Jovovich as Katinka Ingabogovinanana plays a stereotyped eastern european. Once again, the character is played for laughs, but unlike the other actors in the film she is not usually a comedy actor, and at times you can tell. She sometimes appears stilted, and is unimpressive. The lack of complexity within the roll means it could have been played by just about anyone, but Jovovich fulfills requirements, doesn't amaze, just adds another famous face to the furore.
There are too many cameos in the film for me to list, but people such as Vince Vaughn, Jon Voight, David Bowie, Christian Slater, Karl Lagerfeld and Natalie Portman all appear within the film, along with around 30 other recognizable faces. The only other one that stands out is Billy Zane, as this film gave rise to the quote "Listen to your friend Billy Zane, he's a cool dude."
*Extras On The DVD*
You'll find all the things on any generic extras package; a commentary by Ben Stiller and the writers, deleted scenes, out takes and also clips from the original Zoolander shorts, which were originally broadcast at the VH1 Fashion Awards in 1996 and 1997. These are actually really amusing, and probably the best part of the extras. However, there's nothing mind blowingly brilliant within the extras set, and no Easter Eggs that I could find, so it is, in comparison to some films, very basic.
*Where To Find It?*
This is most easily found on the internet nowadays, as the film is 8 years old and so not necessarily stocked in all of the high street retailers, such as HMV. That said, I have seen it being sold in Asda recently for an outstandingly cheap price, around £3, so if you see it there or somewhere similar for an equally low rate, you should definitely grab it with both hands.
With the amount of cameos in the film, you can have tonnes of fun trying to find all of the different famous people in the background or with minor roles. There are also some quite amusing parodies, and it is genuinely quite funny and feel-good at times. Owen Wilson gives the stand out performance amongst the actors, and the final scenes are both funny and rescue the plot.
The film is lacking in comedy away from the stereotypes jokes, some of which could be seen as offensive by viewers (such as the bulimic jokes or Jovovich's accent). The film is entirely vacuous, and if you go in expecting to be enlightened or informed, then you will be incredibly disappointed.
It is a feel good comedy, and its cult following is well earned. The film is amusing at times, and if you enjoy the works of Ben Stiller or Owen Wilson then this is well worth watching.
This is a comedy film which is co written, directed by and stars Ben Stiller as the main character. It also stars other great comedians Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell as well as cameo apearances from celebrities such as David Bowie, Gwen Stefani, Heidi Klum, Paris Hilton and Donald Trump amongst others.
The films main character is Derek Zoolander (played by Stiller) who is a male model with not much in terms of intelligence and a brain. He is though a top male model and has been the dominant male model in the industry for three years thanks to his patented "look," Blue Steel.
After three consecutive years of winning the "Male Model of the Year" award he is beaten by a hot newcomer Hansel (Owen Wilson). Following this Derek starts searching for a new meaning in his life. As he is doing this fashion mogul Mugatu (Will Ferrell) offers Derek a comeback in his new "Derelicte" line. What nobody suspected is that Mugatu plans to assassinate the new Malaysian Prime Minister on his visit to New York, so that cheap child labor is still available for Mugatu's fashion producing. He needed to find a dimwitted model to brainwash into killing the Prime Minister of Malaysia which was Zoolander. Will Zoolander be brainwashed into killing the Malayasian prime minister or will he be stopped ?
It's not an oscar winning comedy or an intelligent look at real life and it doesn't have the greatest storyline but it is very funny. The movie pokes fun at entertainment and in particular, the fashion and modelling industry. This was a hilarious take on it, and Zoolander although lacking much brain activity is actually quite likeable and Stiller plays the role of the airhead male model well. Ferrell and Wilson also provide a good support role in the movie. It is a bit over the top and silly at times but as with alot of these types of movies people will generally like this type of humour or find it over the top and stupid. Overall I found it an enjoyable and funny take on the fashion industry and modelling.
Directed by: Ben Stiller
Village Roadshow Pictures
Release date 2001
Running time 89 minutes
In a sentence, Zoolander is a comedy revolving around the fashion industry directed and starring Ben Stiller.
The cast is packed with one dimensional comedy actors: Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell and Owen Wilson all feature heavily. I presume they couldn't have squeezed Jack Black in anywhere.
Ben Stiller stars as the metrosexual and remarkably stupid male model, Derek Zoolander who has been manipulated by an evil fashionista to kill the Malaysian prime minister.
Will Ferrell is the said fashionista, who has been fitted with every fashion industry stereotype packed into one and Owen Wilson stars as Hansel, Zoolanders equally dimwitted rival.
The most telling thing about this film is how incredibly idiotic it all is. The dialogue especially. That said, there were a few lines - stupid lines - that made me chuckle but the stupid line to laugh ratio is very low. Far too low.
It might be hilarious if watched behind a cloud of noxious smoke and say, if that did happen to be your agenda then there are far better alternatives, the Harold and Kumar films especially.
I have no problem with stupid comedies, some Monty Python sketches were stupid but they made me laugh and this is where Zoolander falls down for me. It just didn't make me laugh at all. Now if I'm not laughing during a "stupid" comedy then it's completely failed in its purpose and as the plot is far from engaging it just turns into a downright boring film. I can imagine even a person who enjoyed this film forgetting it in a couple of weeks.
Now personally, I just think Stiller isn't a very funny guy. Honestly, I'd hate to see his stand up acts. A friend once described him to me as "the epitomy of being mildly amusing" and I agree with him because at best he makes me smile or chuckle, he can never manage to make me laugh out loud. Credit to him though for the "stupid" voice he puts on and I admit, I did chuckle at it a few times. It must have been quite hard for him to keep that exact same voice when filming every scene.
As a sidenote, having many relatives who are Malaysians and visited the country many times, I was disappointed by the portrayal of the country in this film due to its fictional depiction of Malaysia as impoverished and dependent on sweatshops. Unfortunately impressionable people - which will probably be the type of people watching this film - will swallow this misconception. Now I know how the people of Kazakhstan felt after Borat.
For some positive points, there is a little bit of intelligent fashion industry satire but it is buried under so much bilge that it's not worth it. And of course, humour is subjective so I'm sure this will appeal to somebody, somewhere.
I'm being generous and giving this film two stars, seeing as one star is the lowest rating available I want to reserve it for only the most repulsive cinematic bile which makes me want to gouge my eyes out. This was just dull.
Zoolander sees Ben Stiller playing the part of Derek Zoolander, a three time male model of the year who is known for his amazing good looks but unfortunately that is where his talents end as his brainpower has never been up to much. When Zoolander loses his male model of the year title to the new, up and coming star Hansel (Own Wilson) he decides he needs to find what it is he should be doing with his life. He is tracked down by Mugatu (Will Ferrell) who asks Zoolander to become the new model for his fashion line and brainwashes Zoolander into killing the Malaysian prime minister following his decision to end child labour and sweatshops thus destroying a massive part of the fashion industry.
This movie was one that I had gone into with high hopes but I left feeling extremely disappointed. The film has a fantastic cast who play their parts to perfection but for me the plot was poor and just felt too desperate to generate the laughs I had hoped for. If you like completely insane comedy ideas and simple dialogue throughout a movie then this maybe for you but for me it fell a long way short of the mark.
I know what you all are thinking... And that happens to be: Why on earth did I buy this DVD? I've been thinking the same question ever since I've watched this film. I believe I bought it as I had read many reviews about this, saying that this film was really good, although, now I totally disagree. I think also, the other reason I got this, must have been that 2 of my favourite actors stars in this film together. These 2 actors happen to be Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, though after watching this film, I don't really know whether they are one of my favourite actors. They better be good in other films, or they will vastly become one of my least favourite actors.
The director of this film is Ben Stiller, and I've only just found out. As I director I seriously question if he's any good. Recently he has directed "Tropic Thunder", I have not watched it all, as school has been watching it, and we only got half-way through until the lunch break was over. We haven't recently watched the other half, and I very much doubt we will. So I think that Ben Stiller, as a director, is not at all good. Fine there is slight comedy, I agree with both the films, but it doesn't catch my attention, it seems to me that they're just unwanted stories and he's used them to try to create a comedy aspect, clearly failing.
One of the main characters called Derek Zoolander is played by the director of this film: Ben Stiller. Only, considering he's directing skills are no good at all, I reckon he showed how rubbish he can be, I didn't enjoy watching this film, and Ben Stiller made this film seem more lousier. However, I know he can be a really good actor at times, such as "Night at the Museum" and "There's something about Mary". He is well-known as an Actor, and I have to say that he should stick to that one career rather than jumping to writer, to director, to actor, to producer. He should stick to what he's good at!
Owen Wilson is another famous actor who stars in this film. He is a good actor and plays Hansel pretty good, but then again I still couldn't say that he was good in this film because of the director's skills they wasn't the best. Owen has known Ben Stiller for quite some time, and they keep on ending up being in the same film frequently, such as: "Starsky and Hutch", "Night at the Museum" & "Meet the Parents". However I think that Owen is more of a serious actor and has also been in films such as: "The Wedding Crashers" and "Marley & Me". I reckon we'll see more of him; however his acting skills were not shown in this film as such.
There are a lot of other actors that are in this film such as "Will Ferrell" and "Jerry Stiller". However, they do not stand out in the film as much. However others will contradict me on that, although I believe its best not to give them little profiles as they weren't as noticeable as Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson.
Derek Zoolander retires from his Male-Modelling career, after all his friends and fellow models are killed in a freak gasoline fight. Another reason could be because he feels threatened by Hansel. Mugatu and his lackey, Katinka Inga Shanana, persuade Derek to lead their "Derelicte" fashion show. Derek is unaware of him being brainwashed to kill the Prime Minister of Malaysia. But will he do something he'll regret? Or befriend someone that can save him?
The synopsis above seems plain and boring and that is what this film is like, incredibly boring and you're yawning within the film. I think also the fact that I had a little bit to drink might have influenced me not paying attention to the film, however usually if I've had a tiny bit to drink (and I mean only a little bit) than a good film will not make me really bored!
I know many of you are probably disagreeing with me by now, and saying to the computer or in your minds that this is a brilliant review, but I solely thought this wasn't as good as the trailer made it out to be, and if anyone has been thinking about getting this I am telling you not to get it, and if you do, you might decide you agree with me, however I think many people would actually enjoy this and the only reason I did not was because of the fact that it wasn't my sort of film.
Ben Stiller originally created the vacuous male model hero of Zoolander for the VH1 Fashion Awards. In his big-screen appearance, Stiller's Derek Zoolander is New York's top model and proud creator of the tight-lipped "facial expression" Blue Steel. However, competition comes in the shape of equally empty-headed young buck Hansel (Owen Wilson), who wins the coveted male model of the year award, much to Derek's dismay. When Derek's vapid friends are then incinerated in an unfortunate petrol station incident he is left vulnerable and alone, perfect fodder for fashion designer supremo Mugatu (a brilliantly surreal Will Ferrell) to hatch a plot of Manchurian Candidate-sized proportions in which Derek is brainwashed into assassinating the Malaysian Prime minister at a fashion show. Derek enlists the help of investigative journalist (Christine Taylor) and even Hansel himself in an attempt to thwart Mugatu's devious plot. Zoolander works thanks to the central performances. Stiller is endearing in his one-dimensional ineptitude, Wilson is shallow hippie cool personified, and there are some great cameos by the likes of David Duchovny as a Deep Throat-esque informer, Milla Jovovich as the eastern European sadomasochistic henchwoman and Jon Voight as Zoolander's coal mining dad. A constant parade of other celebs pop up throughout playing themselves. Admittedly it's a one-joke film, but there are some classic scenes along the way and at its best Zoolander is an entertaining dig at an industry that takes itself far too seriously. On the DVD: Zoolander comes to DVD in an anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen presentation that's clear and crisp with strong colours, which perfectly shows off the cartoonish style of the film. The audio is consistently sharp. Extra junkies will find plenty of material: deleted scenes, including an extended "Mine" scene and Winona Ryder trying to pick-up Hansel; amusing outtakes; and a great commentary from Ben Stiller with writers Drake Sather and John Hamburg. Best of all is the original VH1 Fashion Show skits which were the inspiration for the film. --Kristen Bowditch