Review: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Written By Steven Panzarella (@procreatesteve)
The Short Version- It may not be the instant classic that was Anchorman, but it does place its characters at the center of one of the great news satires in recent memory. Filled with quality cameos, outrageous sequences, and plenty of opportunities to allow its comic actors to do what they do best. Anchorman 2 The Legend Continues does not fall into the sequel trap of rehashing old jokes and skating by on the merits of the original.
The Long Version- Ever since Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy hit theaters nearly 10 years ago we have been patiently awaiting a sequel. After what seemed like months of marketing from its star Will Ferrell Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues does not disappoint. For fans of the original, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues provides plenty of laughs and outrageous moments. Between the jokes Anchorman 2 becomes a satire on just how ridiculous the news has become.
Following the plot in a Will Ferrell and Adam McKay film is a practice in disorganized insanity and that’s not a knock on the long time collaborators. In the past Ferrell and McKay sacrifice plot for putting these ridiculous characters, in more of the situations we want to see and allowing the talent in the room to overtake the stupidity of what’s on screen. To put bluntly, they get away with it all by being insanely funny. That all being said Anchorman 2 actually has a plot, and once they arrive to it; it’s one of the films finest achievements.
What you need to know about Anchorman 2 is its Anchorman but with so much more of the parts you loved, including a ton of hilarious see it to believe it cameos. It rarely rehashes old jokes but calls them back quickly. It even adds a few jokes that may fly over the heads of those not familiar with 1980’s news stories. Some of the best moments of Anchorman 2 are the times when it pokes holes in the logic of the news broadcast and how we are so easily amused to replace good reporting with car chases and celebrity gossip. In a way Anchorman 2 is one massive ruse in pointing out how sometimes we prefer something shiny instead of the real thing.
The cast is not surprisingly at its best, with most of the original cast returning and plenty of new additions like Kristen Wiig, Greg Kinnear, James Marsden, and Meagan Good. Yet it’s the leads of Farrell, Carell, Rudd, and Koechner that remain the heart and soul of Anchorman 2. All four come to play, whether it’s calling back to jokes from the first movie, or putting each member of the news team in a position to be funny all four get their times to shine.
If anyone else tried to make this movie it would have ended disastrously. Thanks to its huge cast, satirical plot, and more than enough funny from its leads Anchorman 2 succeeds in what the filmmakers attempted to do. Make a quality sequel (check), have plenty of surprising moments(check), memorable cameos (Check), put your characters in new situations and introduce new jokes (check), and show not all comedy sequels have to suck, if you change things up you can create something enjoyable and new. Anchorman 2 is not a classic comedy but it is pretty darn close and really…that’s all that matters.
My Grade- B+