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Anchorman 2 the Legend Continues

December 24, 2013 By Mike B
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Anchorman 2 the Legend Continues Film Review

What Worked?

Ron Burgundy is the San Diego (San Dee-yago) man, myth, and legend that has come back to grace us with his presence in a sequel we’ve been anticipating since 2004. Director Adam McKay and the whole gang are back for some news reading, shark-raising, fisticuffs fighting, interracial sexing fun. Will Ferrell puts on the suit, grows out the mustache, and gathers Paul Rudd, ¬†David Koechner, and Steve Carrell for another go at Channel 4 News Team glory.

Director McKay knows that when you do a sequel, it definitely has to be bigger and more daring than the first installment. Writers McKay and Ferrell pump this film with so much randomness that you’ll be laughing, but you’ll also wonder why you’re laughing at times. At one point, Burgundy raises a shark, goes blind, and regains his sight. If you’re in the mood for that type of silly humor, then this is going to be a great ride. It has enough memorable lines to be likable, and for some reason, I believe it will be better with repeat viewings because there are so many things going on.

Will Ferrell returns to one of his most famous roles, and he’s just as cocksure, idiotic, and hilarious as ever. Rudd, Carrell, and Koechner all have their moments as well, going improv crazy throughout the film. Yes, it’s one of the stupidest, most random movies ever, but I’m assuming that they were going for that; stupid can be funny if done the right way. Sure, the film was a bit too random, but there were more hits than misses, including the ghost of Stonewall Jackson, a hilarious suicide attempt along with post-suicide pancakes, mind-reading, and shots at what’s truly wrong with the news today. Oh, and I can’t go without mentioning that they picked a sassy love interest in Meagan Good.

Let’s face it, Anchorman was a sleeper hit because you didn’t know what to expect when you watched it. Anchorman 2 is still funny, but it’s not new. This sequel takes risks with its humor, and still manages to deliver more than most.

Potential Drawbacks:

Anchorman 2 drags a bit. It was about two hours long, where the original was only 94 minutes long. They could’ve cut out some of the recovery scenes, or just cut out bits and pieces here and there to get the film to move at a quicker pace. It seems that the random jokes were overly abundant; at times, it was just too random. The film starts off at a good pace, but about an hour in it slows down.

There are plenty of cameos in this film, and cameos are fine, but they don’t necessarily make a movie any better if they’re just flashes of famous faces on the screen. There are some memorable cameos in this film, but most were just forgettable and unnecessary.

At times, some of the film’s jokes just weren’t as effective as they should be. This film is very inappropriate, and is mostly stupid/toilet humor, so if that isn’t your cup of tea, it’s best if you drink something else.

Film Recommendations:

Talladega Nights 

Anchorman the Legend of Ron Burgundy

Blades of Glory

 

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