It’s hard to imagine that Will Ferrell was once an untested comedy lead in Hollywood. Though not all of his films hit their mark, when they do quotes are taken from them constantly. “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” was a quiet success when it came out nine years ago. It never made blockbuster status until home video transformed it. For years, Paramount and the minds behind the original have been working on getting a sequel on the big screen. This holiday season, Ron and his team finally return.
“Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” picks up shortly after the first one. Ron (Ferrell) and his wife Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) are co-anchoring the nightly news. As renowned Mack Tannen (Harrison Ford) prepares for his retirement, Ron finds himself passed over as Mack’s replacement. After leaving the network in disgrace, a new 24-hour news network recruits him and his old San Diego team to help launch their channel. But nothing is that simple with Burgundy on board.
Points to director Adam McKay and Will Ferrell for injecting social commentary into this sequel. The film lampoons today’s constant bombardment of news and faux-headlines. But despite this, it’s a reunion above all else. Seeing the recognized characters with new punchlines and scenarios is going to be what puts people in seats. Even if this second coming runs a big longer than needed.
Seeing “Anchorman” on the big screen again is perfect for the holidays. A lack of competition in the comedy arena should give this legs at the box office. It’s a movie that is every bit as fun as the original, just with a dash more focus. The only complaint would be the lack of outtakes during the credits. With a cast this skilled in improv, it surprises the audience as the house lights come back up. Fans will love it, others may not. 3 out of 5 stars.
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