By Barney Weston (I’m new to the paper and am on ERASMUS + from Manchester for just this semester)
Zoolander 2 reminds us that sequels to cult comedies, like Anchorman 2, can never live up to their predecessors, but can instead allow for audiences to again return to their favourite characters. Zoolander 2’s characters are what makes the film function. It is fantastic to see Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson as Derek Zoolander and Hansel on screen again. It is also refreshing to have a few new faces show up on screen, be they Kristen Wiig playing Alexandra Atoz, or Benedict Cumberbatch playing the ‘male-or-female? who knows?’ model, All. There are some great cameos throughout the film also, including Billy Zane (again), Justin Bieber, Kiefer Sutherland, and most memorably, Susan Boyle and the American astronomer Neill de Grasse Tyson.
However, it truly is Will Ferrell as Mugatu, and his assistant Todd, played by Nathan Lee Graham, who steal the show. In Zoolander 2, Mugatu truly cements himself as one of the greatest villains in comedic cinematic history. His presence saves the film with funny joke after funny joke.