Written by Markus Robinson, Edited by Nicole I. Ashland
Markus Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars
Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, drug use, language and comic violence
Now playing at Century 20 Oakridge Mall in San Jose, California:
Awkward situations, where characters spout off awkward dialogue for two to three minute sketches…I mean, stretches; what am I missing?!
Directed by Adam McKay (Step Brothers, The Other Guys) “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” sees the return of Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner as the beloved San Diego news team; also costarring Christina Applegate, Meagan Good, James Marsden, Kristen Wiig, Dylan Baker and a slew of big name cameos. Ferrell and McKay also take writing credits for this script (although much of this seems ad-libbed).
Synopsis: When the now out of work Ron Burgundy is offered a job at an upstart 24 hour news station (it’s basically Fox News, down to the Australia born Josh Lawson playing a Rupert Murdoch-esque unfeeling news tycoon) Burgundy must get the band back together to…well, to be awkward and recite lines of nonsensical dialogue such as, “Bats are the chickens of the cave” or sing songs about sharks.
While “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” is obviously funnier than its predecessor, it is essentially the return of random dialogue, inside jokes I’m convinced only people in broadcasting understand and the worst Steve Carell character ever (Brick) who gets his own storyline this time around, as he has a dimwitted love affair with Kristen Wiig, each sequence longer and more uncomfortable than the last.
Final Thought: The actual plot isn’t bad. The satirical nature of a storyline focused on the oversaturation of broadcast news (or as Burgundy puts it as he attempt to flee another news team battle royale, “There’s too much news!”) and the “if it bleeds, it leads” mentality that fuels the majority of journalism nowadays, is handled with a shocking coherency. Here’s the problem: As a comedy, “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” is sporadically comedic. And if I had to add it all up, there is only around 25 minutes of laughs in this two hour movie. Truthfully, the first ten minutes had me rolling, but as things progressed, my movie going journey could’ve been more aptly described as something along the lines of walking through a barren desert filled with awkwardness and boredom, with small puddles of funny.
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