Is this sequel kind of a big deal?
Director: Adam McKay
Stars: Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carrell
I might be the worst person in the world to review Anchorman 2. I’m someone who didn’t like the first film when I first saw it. However after a second watch I began to see it as the comedy classic that it is. So should I wait until another viewing of the sequel before I talk about it? Probably, but i’m going to anyway cos that’s the kind of guy I am.
Anchorman 2 is set a few years after the first ended and sees Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) and his wife Veronica living in New York and co-hosting the news on a national network. All of this changes when Veronica is promoted and Ron is unceremoniously fired. From here we join our old favourites as Ron pioneers 24 hour news and negotiates the changing world of race and gender politics.
Anchorman 2 is very very funny. Ron is still hilarious and his news team are still self-absorbed idiotic man-children. It’s this that represents the first real problem with the movie – it’s basically a retread of the first one. The story is too similar with Ron riding high before being brought low and rising again (it’s actually a lot like The Dark Knight Rises). There are deviations from the formula but not much, sub-plots such as Brick Tamland’s love interest are just not funny enough and we don’t get to see enough of the brilliant Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) or Champ Kind (David Koechtner).
Any problems it might have plotwise quickly melt away anytime the newsteam are on screen together. Scenes such as the trip to New York in Ron’s van, the preparations for Brick’s date, and the showdowns with rival anchor Jack Lime are full of brilliant lines and hilarious jokes. There’s nothing as memorable as the gang singing Afternoon Delight but the sight of Burgundy being attacked by a scorpion or Fantana presenting his condom collection (there’s even a denim one in there) are sure to make you laugh hard.
So it’s not on the same stratospheric level of Ron Burgundy’s first outing but be honest, who thought it would be? Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is an excellent comedy movie with lots of quotable lines and ridiculous performances. By the time you’ve witnessed the return of jazz flute and spotted all the weird and wonderful cameos in the big battle scene you’ll be wondering why a sequel took so long. I’m certainly looking forward to some repeat viewings. So in the words of the great man himself ‘You stay classy, World.’
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