Published on January 9th, 2014 | by Allan Brown0
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Review
Running Time: 119 mins
Director: Adam McKay
Writers: Will Ferrell, Adam McKay
Cast: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner, Dylan Baker, James Marsden, Greg Kinnear, Kristen Wiig
Plot: San Diego’s Ron Burgundy, returns to take on New York’s first 24-hour news channel by storm.
After a decade of will he, wont he, Will Ferrell finally return’s to the silver screen as cult news reporter Ron Burgundy, along with his Channel 6 News Team in; Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
Several years have passed since the events of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, and whilst the San Diego news reporter had been positioning himself for a promotion, it appears time has been anything but kind to poor Ron. Not only does Ron lose the golden promotion to his wife Veronica (Christina Applegate), but he is also forced out of the network by his boss and boy hood hero Mark Tannen (Harrison Ford) for being the worst news reporter he has ever seen. With little option on his plate, Ron reluctantly accepts a job on the start up 24-hour news channel GNN, bringing with him his old channel 6 team.
Whilst a farcical nature is to be expected from an Anchorman film, it’s this sequels attempt at a storyline, or lack of one, as well as its poorly sketched out characters that ultimately lets it down.
Will Ferrell once again command’s the screen as Ron Burgundy, a character he clearly relishes playing, delivering the same boisterous buffoonery and surreal comedy as before. However, the film is ultimately held together by what seems like a collection of Saturday Night Live sketches that have been adapted and made to fit this film, and while some of these moments are indeed funny, when viewed back to back over a 2 hour period with few of them relating to anything in regards to a storyline, they will soon have you yawning.
The narrative occasionally attempts an interesting satirical angle on our news of today and its focus on ratings above all else, but these short ventures into substance are quickly pushed aside and drowned out by the tired noise of the absurdity and monotonous man child humour as each character fights for screen time.
Although I laughed from time to time, I ultimately found the Anchorman 2 lazy, dull and witless. A tired rehash of old predictable gags I have sadly seen all too often. However, with that said, comedy is likely to be the most subjective genre of them all, so what didn’t work for me here, doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t work for you.
Summary: While there are moments of amusement, Anchorman 2 sadly feels like a clogged up rehash from a brand of comedy that is quickly running out of steam.