Anchorman: The Legend Continues(2014)
- RatedNC16 /GenreComedy
‘Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy’, released in 2004, is arguably one of the most beloved American comedies of all time.
The movie, starring Will Ferrell as a bumbling man-child who also happens to be a San Diego news legend, has become somewhat of a cult flick.
With its many non-sequiturs and instances of wacky, absurdist humour, Anchorman, and Ron Burgundy in particular, has ingrained itself in American pop culture, becoming a favourite source of quotable quotes for movie buffs.
‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’ takes place several years after the original.
Burgundy and his wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) are now both anchor for a reputable news network in New York City. They also have a son.
When news legend Mack Tannen (Harrison Ford) retires, he personally selects Veronica to replace him, leaving Ron on the side of the curb.
Enraged by the snub, Ron storms out on his family and succumbs to depression and alcoholism.
Then he gets a job offer from GNN, the world's first 24-hour news channel. Seeing it as a chance to get his life and family back, he finds and re-assembles his Channel 4 news team, consisting of the vulgar sports jock Champ Kind (David Koechner), the womanising field reporter Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and of course, the not-too-bright weatherman, Brick Tamland (Steve Carell).
Just as the original flick lampooned the 1970s, ‘Anchorman 2’ makes fun of the switch to the 1980s, including the birth of 24-hour news channels like CNN and the sensationalist news reporting that would follow in the wake of that creation.
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Two key cast members from the first movie are now given more screen time. Carell's Brick gets a romance side plot with a character played by Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids).
Rudd does his shtick with the women again and proves that Brian does have more tools to work with than just his infamous “Sex Panther” cologne.
And Ferrell’s ability to sell Ron's stupidity always delivers the laughs.
Longtime Ferrell collaborator and director Adam McKay (who also co-writes with him) have made a sequel that is much louder, even more absurd and crazier, if slightly less inspired and quotable.
While ‘Anchorman 2’ is filled with gags from start to end, just like the original, it is not consistent. Not all jokes hit the spot, but when it does, it is painfully funny.
It is also filled with plenty of unexpected celebrity cameos, with Harrison Ford and James Marsden (playing rival anchorman Jack Lime) being just the tip of the iceberg.
McKay allows the cast to do what they do best, improvise and trade their quips and barbs on screen with performers that seem to be on the same wavelength.
Those who did not watch the first movie may find the sheer craziness and random nature of the humour a little overwhelming, but should still get the many pointed jokes at journalism, news or the sheer manic dumbness of the characters.