Director : Adam Mckay
Cast Headliners: Will Ferrell , Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Christina Applegate
Original Release Date: December 18th, 2013, seen early December 4th
The world’s most beloved news anchor ever returns for an ambitious sequel. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues reunites Will Ferrell as the titular character with the entire main supporting cast from the last film. I would call the first one a great comedy. This one brings more of the same, but perhaps can be said to be even better.
The suave 1970’s have come and gone. The film takes into account the real time between the release of its past entry by moving the time period up to the risky and changing world of the 1980’s. The legend Ron Burgundy himself is of course the main focus, with Will Ferrell really careering the film and causing laughs with every single world that comes out of his mouth. His pals Brick Tamland (Steve Carrell), Brian Fantana( Paul Rudd), Champ Kind (David Koechner), and now-wife Veronica Corningstone(Christina Applegate) all return for more chuckles. There are even more re-appearances that must be seen, I recommend seeing the first one as there are many jokes and references which make it even better for a prior fan. I think another amazing, and true highlight of the film, is its “cameo” sequence. Fans of the first will know what this means. Like much of the film, it takes that first one and puts it on steroids.
It’s more of the same, and that’s both a good and not so good thing. More than a handful of jokes are just variations on what has been said before, a common pitfall of comedy sequels although the writing and humor here are overall quality. I do wish the setting of the 1980’s had been involved more as it could lead to more good jokes, instead though it is mostly in the background as the humor is about the many weirdly wonderful characters of the Anchorman world. Some jokes are slightly stupid, while others cause minutes of laughter. But one knows what kind of humor to expect from Will Ferrell: weird, wacky, extreme, and yes pure silly fun.
Ron Burgundy of course is the highlight, but I would say that Brick, already amazing in the first film, is possibly even funnier here. And I mean the funniest. He really is focused on as a sort of second protagonist with even his own plotline and love interest. It’s quite something to see. Steve Carrell deserves a shoutout for his amazing hilarious contributions to scenes.
Like its jokes, the plot twists and turns but like most comedies can’t be truly called “amazing.” It in itself is a large joke, with its tales of how Ron and company change the world with their new 24 hours news format. There are some occasional emotional moments, but don’t worry on it veering into the melodramatic as it all has a good humorous feeling. This movie amplifies the amount of cameos, “Extremeness” (you’ll see), and its story scope to a largely good result. It is an very long film and it can drag on at times, perhaps containing just a bit too much Burgundy power. Overall however, it really is the quality comedy film it looks like. The secret of Harrison Ford is something that is highly recommendable to discover. 8.5 out of 10