Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues - Review
Review by Rob Carnevale
IT may be 10 years since the first Anchorman so impressed but the cult of Ron Burgundy and his news anchor crew stays classy with this welcome sequel.
Bigger and more bloated than its original, The Legend Continues is nevertheless a great Friday night movie, chock full of snappy one liners, outrageous comedy situations and even some remarkably astute observations on the general direction (or lack thereof) of news as the advent of 24-hour scheduling approaches.
Its biggest asset, however, continues to be the winning camaraderie that so obviously exists between its principal leads, Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner, whose free-flowing chemistry is such that even when the gags miss their mark, they’re always fun to be around.
Shifting the action to the turn of the ’80s, the film finds Ron Burgundy (Ferrell) ‘happily’ married to former rival Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) and contemplating even greater success as an anchor.
Things quickly turn sour, however, once Veronica beats him to another promotion and he’s left to toil as a failure, even throwing his marriage by the wayside. But redemption is just around the corner, as Ron is lured to New York to become part of a new and ground-breaking 24-hour news team together with his former buddies weatherman Brick Tamland (Carell), man on the street Brian Fantana (Rudd) and sports guy Champ Kind (Koechner).
And so, once again, the scene is set for more chaos, as Ron has to contend with a female African-American boss (Meagan Good), a slick news rival (James Marsden) and his usual misplaced ego.
Much of the fun in watching the Anchorman films unfold is seeing just how idiotic and self-deluded Ron Burgundy really is, something that is never more brilliantly realised than during an excruciatingly painful to watch dinner party scene in which his new boss introduces him to her African-American family. Ferrell’s command of his character is brilliant and he’s clearly having fun getting to walk in Burgundy’s shoes once again.
Hence, while not everything works about this sequel (and there are a lot of jokes that are either too wacky or over-played) you’ll be safe in the knowledge that something good is just around the corner – a lot of which will make you laugh out loud.
Indeed, such is the love for this particular franchise that Ferrell and co-writer Adam McKay (who also directs) have also been able to enlist an enviable array of cameos, some of which are known (Harrison Ford) and some of which are best left a closely guarded secret. It all helps to engratiate the film still further.
And let’s not forget that while often silly in the extreme, Anchorman still manages to make some relevant points about the quality of news coverage as well as attitudes to race and sex that are spot-on for the times in which they are set. It’s more astute than some viewers may initially give it credit for.
So, sit back, buckle up and enjoy the ride, as Anchorman 2 delivers an extremely good time.
Running time: 119mins
UK Release Date: December 18, 2013