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It’s been a fun weekend and two things came out that have provoked nostalgia- one is Zoolander 2, the sequel to the fashion industry rib poker Zoolander starring Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell (and of course Billy Zane).
Around the same time surrealist light entertainers Reeves and Mortimer have gone on tour to celebrate 25 years of comedy with live Best of show The Poignant Moments.
Both are things I love, both have been released after a long time away (in the case of Vic and Bob it’s been a decade or so since their last live show). Is nostalgia what it used to be? Let’s find out.
As always I try to keep spoilers to a minimum. But if you don’t want to be spoiled at all, don’t read and go in fresh!
The original Zoolander is beloved by me in the same way as I love Robocop. Now if you think me saying that is weird I understand but let me explain- both are films that appear on the surface to be dumb but actually have a measure of smart satire behind them. The joy is on two levels- you can have fun and enjoy the silliness but equally there is more to it than you might think.
Sadly for Zoolander 2 the satire aspect of the film has been watered down. While there are some nice jabs at the vapidity and over ironicness that Millenials are often accused of for the most part this is probably one aspect that disappoints most. On another is a problem that Anchorman 2 was (in my opinion a bit unfairly) accused of- the repeated gags that were unexpected highlights of the original film.
I would argue this is worse in Zoolander 2 because Anchorman has the advantage of a more ensemble cast and Anchorman 2 did take advantage of that. Zoolander 2’s mistake is in elevating some characters while sidelining others. While some characters in a film can be described as “boring” often they are needed to give the zaniness some grounding.
Of course you’re probably reading this and thinking “But what about the cameos?”
Here’s the thing- the ones you’ve probably already seen in the trailer are fun. But others are built up but unsurprisingly fail to match David Bowie in the original for numerous reasons (not quite as random, not quite as funny, the person in question is great but isn’t David Bowie and nor is he unveiled in the manner of a tiger- for any R and M fans reading this I ap0logise for the spoiler but I couldn’t resist!)
However there are a couple that will take you by surprise and provide some great jokes. That’s the thing- there are some fun gags and moments of silliness that make Zoolander 2 still a lot of fun and worth watching. But it’s also fair to say those who don’t get it won’t be converted and the likelihood is that fans will have it in their collection but probably won’t play it as often as Stiller, Wilson and Ferrell’s other greatest hits.
Reeves and Mortimer: The Poignant Moments
You’re probably wondering why I’m reviewing this- here’s the thing, Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer are my comedy heroes and I love them. Therefore consider this a fair warning of my total bias!
Essentially this show is like a greatest hits tour of their impressive comedy output- you get characters and routines from Big Night Out, The Smell of , Bang Bang, Shooting Stars and even some from online show Afternoon Delights (Btw fans not all the vids I picked are in the show!)
For those who don’t know essentially their show is like a surreal version of a light entertainment show- a quiz could involve someone extracting a pound coin from a tramp in a box, a bizarre ramble featuring fictionalised versions of Lovejoy or Burt Reynalds, a dance or saucepan fight can arise out of nowhere or you could be treated to a song about the dangers of loose muesli. If this sounds too weird for you (or you’ve clicked the links above and are bemused) suffice it to say Vic and Bob may not be for you.
Aside from sketch shows, they’ve also done a sitcom (House of Fools), revolutionised the panel game with Shooting Stars, comedy drama (Catterick) as well as some less successful prime time experiments (Families At War was fun but a bit too odd for the Saturday night crowd while their remake of Randall And Hopkirk was an intriguing but ultimately flawed attempt at playing it a bit straighter).
And this essentially is the difference between Zoolander 2 and Vic and Bob- aside from having a lot more material to choose from they have combined them in clever ways. Thankfully unlike Zoolander 2 they haven’t tried too hard to “update” what they do and that’s all part of the charm. The title “Poignant Moments” became sadly a bit too relevant after Bob had to have heart surgery but thankfully they were able to continue the tour.
Of course inevitably this means some people’s favourites may not make the mix (as Bob explained some sketches don’t translate to stage). However I would argue the ones they chose got a great reaction and it really did feel like we were all enjoying a laugh with them. To top it off my favourite song was the encore!
Overall it was worth going to Ipswich (and as a Norwich fan it pains me to type that!) and if you’re a fan I heartily recommend booking tickets while you can!