In the shadow of the original, ‘Anchorman 2’ had a lot to live up to. Could it be a fitting follow up to one of 2004's funniest movies; almost ten years later? I decided to find out and here is my take...
Now, first off, in order to enjoy this movie, you’ll need to be a fan of the original and have seen it previously, in order to “get” a lot of the content.
Without saying too much, The ‘Channel 5 News Teams’’ antics don't remain appreciated, so they dissolve and go into different directions.
Ron and Veronica have a child who is, without a doubt, a Burgandy (in both lineage and characteristics). But a wedge comes between them and Ron is approached by a representative looking for him to fill the spot of anchor at a new invention the world has never seen before – an all news, all the time cable channel called 'GNN.' Originally they plan to simulate current news shows by showing actual stories while adhering to a strict journalistic credence. But then Ron gets into it with a rival newsman and must invent a way to keep people watching, arguably, boring news 24/7.
With that, so begins the tongue-in-cheek origin parody of 'Fox News' (and its cable news brethren). By fabricating details, sensationalizing facts and pandering to the masses (as well as corporate sponsors) they create what, today, TV calls news.
Alongside all of this there is some, rather blatant, racial humor when Burgandy gets involved with his new boss. There is also the story of his estranged wife and son; but when the story starts to get too dramatic and drag, it is saved by ingenuous cameos and revisiting content from the prequel in cases of perfect timing.
Overall, this is a good time and a refreshing exposure to some, modern classic, humor.
At the close, I would like to thank Epic Theaters for their providing a very amiable theater in which to view this (and other) films and recommend that you go to one of their several local locations for your next cinematic experience.