When we last left Ron Burgundy, as narrated by veteran anchorman Bill Kurtis, Ron was at the top of his game moving from local news to national news with his leading co-anchorwoman Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate).
When Ron Burgundy is overlooked as a possible candidate to take over the timeslot of renowned news anchor Mack Tannen (Harrison Ford), he finds himself once again at the lowest moment of his life.
The first male/female news anchor tandem is divided and the cause of more tension with the Burgundy family leaving their son, Walter (Judah Nelson), in the middle of his parent's fight.
Ron's given the opportunity to overcome obstacles once again and prove to his audience and detractors in the crazy concept that will become the 24-hours news channel when he’s headhunted by producer Freddie Schapp (Dylan Baker).
By now fans will know what made each of the member unique and what they bring to the team. But in the film, there are no memorable one-liners that made their characters memorable and often quote worthy.
The movie focuses on the theme of how broadcast news no longer reports upon the news that’s most important that it’s viewers should know but by catering to their whim and desire by delivering the content they desire.
By appealing to the masses, the concept of news around the clock, finds itself in the midst of a battle for ratings amongst the other networks. This ratings formula for success is discovered when Ron puts his broadcasting career on the line against up and coming anchor Jack Lime (James Marsden). The rivalry between the two doesn’t have the feeling of true hatred amongst his cohorts and appears trivial and petty.
The film also looks at the conflict in which the media is owned and operated by Kench Allenby (Josh Lawson) bringing the issue of delivering news that might negatively impact the parent company.
The movie deviates from these issues with side stories featuring Ron dealing with his new producer Linda Jackson (Meghan Goode) and Brick finding someone who trully understands him with Chani (Kristin Wiig) that deviates from the film.
Elements of the first film are there for viewers, but watching the sequel feels as if it’s already been done. But the film does point out of the fact that the news has become saturated in the showdown of all news programs at the end.
Just like the news, the film tries to find new way to deliver its content in a bigger, better format but loses it unique, small feeling that's tailored to its viewers .
Perhaps it’s just best to remember the characters for the way they were before they made it big when they were big fishes in the small pond that was San Diego.
Classification: Redbox Blu-Ray Release
Movie Grade: 2 out of 5 stars
The legend himself, Ron Burgundy, should be remembered for his exploits of San Diego before he ventured onto a bold experimentation of around the clock news and redefining the evening news. The risk that he along with others took in this sequel is just a new content delivered in a different format that has viewers briefly tuned in.
Blu-Ray Grade: 0 out of 5 stars:
Only features the film.
Rating: PG-13 for crude and sexual content, drug use, language and comic violence.
Timing: 1 Hour, 59 Minutes
- Director, Writer & Characters: Adam McKay
- Writer & Characters: Will Ferrell
- Cast: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Steve Carrell, Meghan Goode, Dylan Baker, James Marsden, Kristin Wiig, Josh Lawson, Judah Nelson, Fred Willard, Chris Parnell with Harrison Ford.
- Narrator: Bill Kurtis