Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

With the 70s behind him, San Diego’s top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to take New York’s first 24-hour news channel by storm. (IMDB)

Writers:  Adam McKay, Will Ferrell
Director:  Adam McKay
Stars:  Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell
Run time/Rating:  119 Minutes/ PG-13
Popcorn Score:  Medium Popcorn with Butter

If you take a very quick glance though the IMDB movie reviews for “Anchorman 2” you would think that it is the worst movie every conceived.  I am not sure what people were watching, with what expectations they walked into the theater, or if they forgot what Will Ferrell and his jackassian/ absolutely ridiculous crew of a news team did in the first Anchorman.  If all you are doing is comparing them, the two movies are equally ridiculous; they both push along with the same lack of a complete story and are both hilarious.

The First movie closed with Ron’s dog Baxter jumping into a bear pit and begging to let Ron and Veronica out of the cage safely, recalling the time when he met the bears cousin! That is the suitable ending to a story that so many are clamoring for in #2? Come on!

I have a feeling that as fondness grows with time people have re-watched and watched again the Anchorman from over 10 years ago and are no longer watching with such a critical eye but simply watching the movie for what it is meant to be, an absolutely outlandish movie.  But a hilarious one.

I loved Anchorman 2.  In general, comedies are hit and miss.  There were parts of the movie where jokes tried too hard, or simply missed.  I bet some people in other theaters across the country LOL’ed.  A comedy where everyone laughs at every joke would truly be the best comedy ever made.  #2 might not be as great as the first one but sequels usually aren’t, primarily due to expectations.  The new movie is jam packed with full throated belly laughs and moments where you are out of breath or tearing up due to lack of oxygen.

The story starts with power couple Ron and Veronica co-anchoring on the big station in New York City.  After lead anchorman Mack Tannen (Harrison Ford) decides to step down after 30 years he looks to replace himself with the duo.  However only Veronica gets the job.  This sends Ron in a tail spin but he quickly lands on the brink of an all new concept.  A 24 hour cable news channel called GNN.  He gets his old team together and they take the gig at the new network.  Upon arrival of the new studios they are shocked to see Jack Lime and his crew walking around like they own the place.  Lime, played by James Marsden is the bronze chiseled primetime anchor for the station.  After some high school caliber hazing scenes in which Marsden is hilarious as the bully, Ron’s crew struggles while working the graveyard shift.

The introduction of the 24 hour news cycle gave a lot for McKay and Ferrell to work with as writers.  The writing couldn’t help but to become pointed at all of the absolutely horrible networks these days which pass along gossip, fashion commentary and uneducated slanted opinions as news.  I particularly liked the jabs that kept coming towards the media as we know it today and the ignorance of it all.  Don’t let me scare you away at all, this is not a political farce by any means; I mean at one point the guys realize cruise control doesn’t steer the RV by itself only before they launch into a hilarious crash sequence.

I feel that many of my thoughts in this review have been in rebut to other peoples thoughts, but I just couldn’t help myself.   Loosen up and enjoy one of the better comedies of the year!

Medium Popcorn with Butter.


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