“I’m close to shooting a flare gun at your d****!”– Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy
What’s good: There are lots of funny moments and classic one-liners.
What’s not good: The last twenty minutes really aren’t funny.
What happened: We all know that sequels are hardly ever as good as the original. Take the first film of ‘The Matrix’ franchise and compare it to the filth that followed it. Now those films were spectacularly bad. It is rare when a sequel comes along that actually lives up to the hype. Thankfully, ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’ hits the mark in all the right places.
A lot has happened since the last time we saw Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) and his salon quality hair. He married the lovely Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), had a kid, and left the warm weather of San Diego in favor of the bright lights of New York City. Wait until you see how he gets ready for work every morning! Ron’s life is perfect until Mack Tannen (Harrison Ford) steps in. What happens next forces Ron to lose everything. Now destitute and out of work, Ron waits for the next opportunity to come his way.
A brand new network with an unconventional way of reporting the news wants Ron to join their team. Now the whole crew is together again including the blatantly racist Champ (David Koechner), ladies’ man Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), and the extremely dim-witted Brick (Steve Carell). A maverick in his own right, Ron comes up with an idea that revolutionizes the news as we know it. The fame and fortune that follows comes at a very hefty price though. Ron must ultimately choose between saving his career and saving his family.
Fans of the first film will absolutely love ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’ because it provides more of the racist, sexist, and ridiculous humor as before. Some of the jokes fall flat though most are really funny. One of the best moments was watching the chaos that ensued as the RV Ron and his crew were riding in lost control. Another great scene was when Ron met Linda’s (Meagan Good) family. Surprisingly, between all of the goofy comedy, there actually was a serious message in this movie. The underlying theme about the lack of quality news information we are subjected to is absolutely true. Watching car chases and following celebrities’ love lives is not really news.
The one glaring issue with this film is with its final few minutes. Everything that happens after Ron’s accident just wasn’t that funny. For example, the final battle between Ron’s crew and the other networks may have had several big name celebrities, but it will barely make you crack a single smile. Also, how Ron’s dog saves the day just felt like a poor way to end what was a pretty funny film. A stronger ending would have changed ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’ from a decent film to an even better one.
Bottom Line: If you are into Will Ferrell’s brand of crude humor and sexist comedy, then ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’ is a must see; otherwise wait until this one becomes a rental.
Rating: PG-13 Run time: 1 hour, 59 minutes
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