I am going to state this like it is a proven fact, which it very well might be: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is one of the funniest, most beloved comedy movies ever. If you agree with that, then you were anxiously awaiting the arrival of the long overdue sequel as much as I was. Nine years after the original, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues landed in theaters on December 18. To say fans had high hopes would be a major understatement.
Anchorman 2 begins with Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) and Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) happily married, living in NYC, and working as successful co-anchors. Something happens and they end up parting ways, with Burgundy getting the old reporting team back together for a late night spot at the world’s first 24-hour news channel, Global News Network. The team’s task is to turn a 2 am news show into the most-watched news program.
Anchorman 2’s plot is pretty simple but the movie is jam-packed with bizarre twists and turns. Watching it, there were plenty of times where I thought to myself, “My God, these guys are totally nuts,” because there are so many nutty, whacked out things that happen. There’s temporary blindness, a shark serenade, fried bats (“the chicken of the cave”), and so many other random things that unfortunately were not even that funny. Overall, it’s not as funny as the first one and as stated, there are lots of weird parts. But there are still lots of laughs. And I remember most people feeling so-so about the original when they first saw it. But with repeated watches and word of mouth, Anchorman‘s catch phrases became part of our lexicon and the movie became a classic. However, I would be very surprised if that happens with this sequel.
Paul Rudd, Steve Carrell, and weak link David Koechner return as Brian Fontana, Brick Tamland, and Champ Kind, respectively. In the decade since the original, Carrell has become an enormous star, perhaps the biggest movie star in the cast. This is clear, as Brick’s part is much bigger than in the first film. Anchorman 2 matches him up with a romantic counterpart, played by the amazing Kristen Wiig, basically perfection in everything she does.
Other new additions to the Anchorman crew include James Marsden as a rival reporter and Meaghan Good as the crew’s boss. There are tons of jokes about her being black and being a woman in charge, some funny, some not. Interestingly, I saw Good on Joan’s Rivers‘s Fashion Police and Good is a highly religious, sweet, goody goody. Good stated that she is the kind of person that says “H-E-double hockey sticks” instead of swearing. I’m not sure how she put up with these kooks, or at least the ones they play when the cameras roll. Good discussed the different actors and said that Rudd and Koechner are gregarious in real life, while Ferrell and Carrell are more quiet and straight laced. I wonder if that’s true, or at least it might be true for while they are in a professional environment.
There are also tons of surprise cameos from major stars during the movie’s fight scene, following in the tradition of the original movie’s similar scene. One at a time, anchor teams from different channels show up, each led by big, big stars. I won’t give these names away, as it was fun to see each star appear on screen.
Anchorman 2 follows in the footsteps of the original movie, with tons of laughs and weird moments. Anchorman 2 is definitely funny and worth seeing. But the far out, strange parts are too high in number and many fall flat. I am one hundred percent positive you will agree, but that you will also be glad you saw it. There’s no way that this sequel will be quoted, referenced, and loved the way the original is. But I guess I should watch it a second, and third time to find out, as it was multiple viewings that really made people fall hard for the original.