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Directed By: Ben Stiller
Starring: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Milla Jovovich, David Duchovny, Will Ferrell and Christine Taylor.
Review: When Zoolander is working, it is a twisted, unique and sometimes bitterly harsh jab at the world of not only celebrity or fashion but that real bizarre machine called male-modeling. When it does falter, albeit only slightly and rarely, it is a mere sidestep before the film is back on track.
Ben Stiller plays Derek Zoolander a male model of such ineptitude even his looks are all the same tight lipped pose, a pose he has termed Blue Steel. A likeable loser like all of Stiller's other successful flicks (There's Something About Mary, Meet The Parents) that could have easily stemmed from his old Ben Stiller show, though it would have been decidedly more cruel. Not that moments of such bitterness exist. When Zoolander is beaten out for the male model of the year award by Hansel (Owen Wilson) not only does he embarrass himself by thinking he still won, but then finds his retirement announcement interrupted by Hansel and his cronies.
The crux of this tale, Zoolander is brainwashed ala The Manchurian Candidate to assassinate the Malaysian Prime minister at a fashion show. Zoolander however wants to retire, find some form of meaning in his life when the evil Mugatu (Will Ferrell) hires him for his comeback show, Derelicte - fashion based on the homeless.
What truly makes this film as funny as it is, tossing aside the endless cameos, the silly fashion and set pieces are the cast. Owen Wilson is good if not a little inconsistent in his performance as the vain, mystical heir to the male model throne Hansel. Christine Taylor is on target for her investigative journalist role. Milla Jovovich (sadly wasted) is the perfect foreign evil doer but none of these roles matter to much when it comes right down to it. They are all along for the ride, all following in the wake of the man they call Derek Zoolander.
This film is Ben Stiller's. He directed it, he made the character Zoolander every twitchy thing that he is and he holds onto the reigns pretty tightly...until every single appearance of Will Ferrell. Will Ferrell is going to get bigger and bigger and better each time we see him and this is one of those utterly insane character pieces he seems to revel in. Will steals everything, and does it without seemingly breaking a sweat.
The film, really, is light and stupid, but perfect for what it is intended to be...stupid. Laugh at these people because you are superior to them in every way. And spend your money on checking it out...if only to see another step in Will Ferrell's career that will ultimately be a phenomenally interesting one.
Commentary by Ben Stiller and Writers Drake Sather & John Hamburg
5 Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Ben Stiller
5 Extended Scenes with Commentary by Ben Stiller
Music Video: "Start The Commotion" by the Wiseguys
Alternate End Title Sequence
Interactive Menus Hosted by Derek Zoolander
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
The DVD Review:
This should be a pretty sweet DVD for those of you who want to hear Ben explain how he comes up with some bits and the framework for Zoolander. Also looking forward to any possible Easter Eggs (perhaps some MTV bits of Derek Zoolander?) on the disc.
ZOOLANDER EASTER EGG
From the main menu, go to Special Features. Select More. Go and highlight the Photo Galleries. Push right, the spinning M logo in the middle should become highlighted. Hit enter and you should be seeing Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson rehearsing their catwalk sequences...it also features Ben Stiller doing commentary over it.
Copyright© Written by Staffwriter: Rob Paul