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10 Ways Zoolander 2 Is Everything That’s Wrong With Hollywood

Really, really, ridiculously... naff.

Zoolander is a great film. It may not have earned much money at the box office upon its initial release in 2001, but it€™s become a cult favourite in the years hence. Its plot - an idiot/male model being co-opted into an assassination attempt on the Prime Minister of Malaysia €“ could have been silly nonsense in the wrong hands, but the film works wonderfully as a whole thanks to some stellar performance and a constant supply of quotable lines. With all that in mind, you can understand why Zoolander 2 was an attractive proposition to Paramount. The original was good but didn€™t make much money, but now that there is a sizeable fan-base for these characters, a second film in the franchise could have been a huge money-spinner for the studio. But sadly, they forgot the all-important ingredient: making the sequel anywhere near as good as the original. Instead of the hilarious sequel that Zoolander deserved, audiences have been given a film that exemplifies everything that€™s wrong with Hollywood at the moment€

10. It€™s A Sequel The Original Really Didn't Need

Zoolander is not a film that needs a sequel. The first movie ended with Ben Stiller€™s Derek Zoolander getting the girl, having a baby, bettering himself (by building that school), and saving the Prime Minister of Malaysia by stopping a Chinese throwing star in mid-air by busting out Magnum, his most powerful look of all time. His career and his personal life were at an all-time high. The story ended in a really satisfactory way, which means that Zoolander 2 has to undo all of that in its first five minutes. The Derek Zoolander Center For Kids Who Can€™t Read Good And Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too collapses into the ocean, Derek loses his wife and child, and retires from male modelling to go live as hermit. Suddenly, this character that everyone really liked is a reclusive loner. Nobody asked for that. This is really frustrating, as it just serves to trample all over audience-members€™ happy memories of the first film. This is exemplary of Hollywood thinking at the moment: if a film is popular enough, big studios will churn out a sequel regardless of whether the story demands one. We already have comic book and sci-fi franchise that will seemingly never end, do comedy films really need to be given the same treatment?
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