Tuesday, January 3, 2017

What just happened?

ZOOLANDER 2 (2016)

Produced By: Red Hour Films and others
Director: Ben Stiller
Starring: Penelope Cruz, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, and others
Pros: Creative
Cons: Not funny, poor acting, boring
Rating: * of 5 (1 of 5)

Oh boy, comedy - that genre that everyone thinks they can do, but few actually do well. I confess that I dislike most movies in the genre for, with the exception of a few, most of them cross the fine line between funny and ridiculous. Zoolander 2 not only crossed that line, it completed a marathon beyond it.

One word describes this movie best: boring. It was not funny at all - most of the jokes were flat and childish. Sure, Penelope Cruz had some funny stuff in her arsenal, but it just felt so hollow in the setting that it made no real difference. The movie was creative, in that the director took care to make it as absurd as possible and present that as the USP. Well, it certainly was a USP that the director deserves credit for - but that's just about it. And, to top it all off, the acting was pretty poor and barely believable. Overall, a sad mess of a movie. (OTFS)

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