Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues review

By Max Maier | Jan 03, 2014

Will Ferrell is one of the most recognizable actors in the industry right now. He has created characters that still have a place in culture years later. One of these characters is Ron Burgundy. In 2004, the first Anchorman movie was released and was a big success. The characters were great and the comedy was some of Ferrell's best. So, here we are almost 10 years later with a sequel. Does it hold a candle to the last entry? Yes, it most certainly does.

Also, if you did not see the first film, you will be confused on a lot of the characters and references to the last film, because this is a sequel. If you haven't seen the first Anchorman, I recommend you watch that film first, so that you can fully take in the content of this movie.

We rejoin Ron and Veronica Corningstone as they are now married with a child. At the news station that they both work at, the head of the company (played by Harrison Ford), is selecting a new main anchor for the evening news, the top spot. Veronica gets the title, and Ron is openly upset about it. Ron gives an ultimatum to Veronica, it is either him or the job. Veronica chose what you would expect.

Now, Ron is approached by a new opportunity, a place at an all-new idea, a 24-hour news channel. Ron gets his old news team, Champ, Brick and Brian together to join the news station and rise one again as the best anchorman. This opportunity is not easy, many challenges face the Ron, including rival anchorman Jack Lime, an African American boss (This takes place in the early 80's, that's the joke), and other craziness that would come to expect. Will Ron succeed? Will he get Veronica back?

 

The story, as a whole, is much better than the first film. Where the first movie's story just kinda drifted along Ron's humor, this script felt much more solid and interesting. There are a lot of shots at the news media nowadays with the 24-hour news station being "the worst idea I've ever heard", and what content is newsworthy. Not only is it funny, but it really shines a spotlight on news channels, which can be appreciated. Also, there are several plot threads that go along, although some felt rushed. Jack Lime never really became the rival he was advertised. Yes, he was a jerk and impeded on Ron's success, but he was never Veronica in the last movie. Also, the relationship with the Black boss just hung around for the joke of meeting her family and never developed much past that.

Now, about halfway through the movie, there is a plot twist that effects Ron in a big way. I won't spoil it, because it is so stupid and random, you will never see it coming. And this is the movie's biggest problem, this twist. It comes right out of left field, and just doesn't feel needed or warranted. The movie had enough going for it in the story that it could've used to develop the story, and then this just shows up and kind of stops the movie dead. Granted, the situation is magically fixed, but it felt like a waste of time except for the result with Veronica. When you see the movie, you will see what I am talking about.

Another catch some people may not like is the comedy. If you are not a fan of Ferrell's typical humor, you may not love this movie. Even if you are not, give the film a chance. Going in though, expect this movie to be stupid. This is not a brilliant comedy like The Birdcage or something along those lines. this is a silly movie, and the humor is random and baffling. That isn't to say it is bad, it is just a different style of comedy. If you are completely against it, I understand and this movie won't change your mind. Otherwise, this movie is some of Ferrell's best. It is hysterical. Granted, some jokes just die and are not funny, like they went too far. A few times, a situation was really funny, but then it just kept going and the humor goes away. Which is a shame, but that is a minority of the comedy. There were plenty of scenes I busted out laughing. The best joke of the movie is the climax. It is a recycled joke from the first movie, but it is ten times funnier here. It involves un-credited cameos and appearances from other actors, and honestly, you will never see it coming. It is a shame though because they went a little too far with it at the end, but overall it is a riot. Overall, this movie is really funny.

The cast is also great. As I said, Ferrell is great as Ron Burgundy. He is an idiot, yet successful, and you will question why, but he is a riot. The returning supporting cast is great as well. Paul Rudd is still hysterical as Brian Fantana, yes he repeats a joke from the last film, and it isn't as funny, but he is still great. Now, Steve Carell as Brick is an acquired taste. He is the dumbest person alive, without question, but it leads to a lot of randomly funny moments and awkwardly dull moments, so it's hit or miss. Kristen Wiig joins the cast as a character just like Brick, which isn't that bad. I could go on and on about the supporting cast, everybody does great, there weren't any bad eggs or anything. The only catch I'd say is the fact that there are so many characters, it may seem too cluttered, but it isn't that bad.

 

So, overall, I really liked Anchorman 2. It continues the story faithfully after an almost 10 year hiatus, and delivers an experience on par with the first film. Ron Burgundy is a great character to watch because he is a doofus, but you can't help but like him. It also helps he is hysterical. He is backed by a supporting cast that is also hysterical and help the story succeed in ways the first movie didn't. Although, go into it expecting some pretty stupid moments, because they pop up, just don't let it hinder your experience.

I give Anchorman 2: The legend continues 4 moustaches out of 5.

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