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Monday, 29 November 2010
Approaching the end of his career, top model Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) can't believe his luck when he is hired by major fashion mogul Mugatu (Will Ferrell). However, it soon transpires that he is being brainwashed in order to kill the Malaysian Prime Minister (Woodrow Asai) at a fashion show.
From start to end this is a colourful film, with bright (albeit garish) costume design, good lighting, and more colours than Photoshop. The dialogue is cheesy, but Stiller and Owen Wilson make it work, strong points being a 'strut off', as the rival models strut their stuff, which is energetic and well timed. The amount of energy coming from the cast is phenomenal, they are putting their all into creating a good piece of comedy. Even Will Ferrell (who I normally haven't got the time of day for) gives an enjoyable performance. There is lots of comic energy and excitement and a lot of comedy comes from the idea that models are props, which is quite well written in places. And through all the petty dialogue and spiteful, rival-filled head-to-head moments we get a reasonably decent insight into how shallow and petty the fashion industry actually is.
The downside, however, is that this film gets way too camp way too often. Most of the characters are overly camp and overly feminine to a very exaggerated and very irritating level. The characters are generally one sided and underdeveloped with little depth and it is as if they are there to just add some more glamour to the film. As for models being props, although it is quite smart comically it ends up falling flat as they are portrayed as being so unintelligent that it actually stops being funny. However, the film has its good comic moments, its energy and its brightness, so it's still worth a viewing at least.
Stars: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Christine Taylor, Will Ferrell, Milla Jovovich, Jerry Stiller, David Duchovny, Jon Voight, Alexander Skarsgard, Woodrow Asai, Andy Dick, Vince Vaughn, Billy Zane.
Teen Choice Award: Choice Hissy Fit (Ben Stiller).
Teen Choice nominations: Choice Movie - Comedy, Choice Actor - Comedy (Ben Stiller).