Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
By the beard of Zeus
Last night I watched Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013). As a die hard Will Ferrell fan, I guess I'm probably late to the party, but somehow the Paramount Pictures production just slipped through my fingers. Which is weird, because it rode a marketing wave unlike anything I had ever seen before. When Ferrell showed up as manly man Ron Burgundy at the #Bieberroast, it served as a gentle reminder that I hadn't honored my status as a fangirl, forcing my to finally - with a mere 19-month delay - seek out the DVD and buy it. 

The skinny

It's 1980. Ron Burgundy (Ferrell) and his wife Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) are co-anchering for a news network in New York City. When Veronica is promoted and Ron fired, the former superstar newsman abandons his wife and son, ending up once more in San Diego. After a failed suicide attempt, Burgundy is offered a job at GNN (Global News Network), the world's first 24-hour news network, which he accepts to try to get back at Veronica. He reassembles his new team, tracing down Champ Kind (David Koechner), Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), and Brick Tamland (Steve Carrell). Upon arriving at GNN, the foursome learns that they are assigned the graveyard shift, and Ron quickly challenges popular lead anchor Jack Lame Jack Lime (James Marsden).

How will their beef unfold? And will Ron win back Veronica?

The review

Will Ferrell can do no wrong. Just like it's cult-hit predecessor, Anchorman 2 is absurd, zany, highly quotable, outrageously silly-funny, and smartly satirical. If you loved Anchorman, I guarantee you'll love the sequel enough to see past the patchwork and low-brow gags. If you were on the fence the first time around, Ron's weird and messy world might not be for you, though, as the hit-and-miss ratio skews just a bit to the wrong side in this one. Should Anchorman 2 have run for 119 minutes? Probably not. Was the wacky finale a bit off-putting? 100%. But rest assured, the unscripted shenanigans of Ferrell & Co. is a delight of classy comedy.

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