FlixChatter Review: Anchorman 2 – The Legend Continues

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It took almost ten years for Ron Burgundy and his gang to come back to the big screen. Reportedly Paramount was nervous about green lighting this sequel even though the first one was a modest hit, but it didn’t earn enough to warrant a sequel. Well, after many years of stuck in production limbo, Burgundy and his gang of newsmen are back!

The action picks up a few years after the events of the previous film, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) and his now wife Veronica (Christina Applegate) are living in NYC and working together as co-news anchors at a big news station in the city. One day both of them had a meeting with their boss, a well-known actor played this role and I won’t spoil it for you as to who it was but if you look it up on IMDB, you’ll know the actor. The boss decided to promote Veronica to be an anchor on the prime time slot and fired Burgundy. He also told Burgundy that he’s one of the worst anchorman he’d ever seen. After the meeting, Ron and Veronica got in a fight, he didn’t want her to accept the new position and gave her an ultimatum, it’s him or the job. Well fast forward a few months later, Ron is now back in San Diego working as a spoke person at some water park. He’s broke, lonely and pretty much have no desire to go on living. After a failed suicide, a new producer showed up and offered him a new job. He told Ron that he’s starting a 24 hours news station and that he wants Ron to be his main news anchor. Ron wasn’t sold on this 24 hours news idea but he’s broke and needed the money. He accepted the job and decided to get his old gang back together. The whole movie was about the adventures of Ron and his gang in the big city and all the silly stuff that you’d expect to see in this kind of movie.

Ferrell had no problem jumping back and play his alter ego Burgundy, in fact I thought he’s better in this film than the first. There were some laugh-out-loud moments, more so than in the first one I thought. I really enjoy the jab at the ridiculousness of cable news channels in our world today, especially one particular network (cough FOX News cough), even Burgundy’s boss is an Australian. The rest of the cast members did a fine job, although I thought there were too many scenes of Brick (Steve Carell) that weren’t funny but I since Carell is a bigger star now, he probably demanded more screen time. The film has a lot more cameos than the first, at the climax scene, there were who’s who of famous faces that showed up, again I won’t spoil it for you.

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There were a few things that didn’t work for me. First, a love story subplot involving Brick and another simpleton who works at the station, Chani (Kristen Wiig), just felt force and went on a bit too long and just wasn’t that funny. Then there’s another plotline in the middle of the film that was never fully developed and they just sort of wrapped it up towards the end of the movie. The antagonist of the film, another famous anchorman Jack Lime (James Marsden), was made out to be Ron’s main competitor but sort of fade into the background in the rest of the film. Lastly, the film could’ve been trimmed by at least 20 minutes or more, a 2 hours run-time for a comedy is way too long.

Overall though I thought this new adventure of Ron Burgundy was a lot of fun and fans of the original will enjoy it as well. I think I laughed more in this film than the first one and I have to confess, I thought the first one wasn’t that funny when I saw it in theater. But after watching it many times on DVD, I became a fan. Well for this one, I became a fan instantly so I guess it’s better than the first one. This one comes highly recommended and if you’re in the mood for a good comedy, you can’t go wrong with this one.

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28 thoughts on “FlixChatter Review: Anchorman 2 – The Legend Continues

  1. Nice review Ted. I’m wasn’t a big fan of Anchorman so it will take a lot to drag me to sit through another 2 hours+ of it. In fact I already have Burgundy burn out from all of the promotional campaigns. But it sounds like this is a better comedy so maybe I’ll hit it up on DVD.

    • Ahah, I can see people being bored by the promotional campaigns by now but I’ve only seen a few of them as I don’t watch a lot of TV, and they’re quite a hoot. For me this type of movies are more of a rental too, Keith.

    • Thanks Keith. Yeah I was a bit turned off by all those marketing push by the studio, usually when the actor goes everywhere to promote the film, it’s usually a sign that it isn’t that good. Thankfully though, the film delivered. But yeah it’s way too long.

  2. Have rewatched the first one this past weekend and I still can not enjoy it, do not think it is funny. Might check this out once it is out on DVD, but not planning to see this in the cinema. Happy to see you did enjoy it though :)

    • Yeah, I know a few people who didn’t really enjoy the first one either. Like I said I wasn’t a fan the first time I saw it, but after viewing many times with friends on DVD, I became a big fan. Thankfully the second film delivered.

  3. I’m still unsure about seeing this as I often hear that some of the problems with today’s comedies is that they stretch the jokes for too long where it tends to drag the film and make it a bit bloated. I love Anchorman but I’m not sure if I want to see this as there’s other films I want to see.

    • Really, you love the first movies but don’t want to see this one? True that some of the jokes tends to drag a bit, similar to the first movie but I still got good laughs from them. Give it a watch when you get a chance, you might like it better than the first movie, I know I did.

    • Hi Cindy, I assume you saw it and didn’t like it? I’m pretty sure if it makes a lot of money at the box office, we’ll see Anchorman 3 in a couple of years. Ferrell is a hit or miss for me, some of his stuff I thought were funny but most of them were pretty bad. I had to turn off Land of the Lost 30 minutes in, that was a train wreck of a movie.

      • HHmm. What is it about him? His inane, stupefied face? Doesn’t matter. I cringe when I see him. There’s plenty out there who would disagree. I am glad, Ted, that you did not think it a waste of time and money. ;)
        HA! I did think of a movie that I liked him in. One. Night at the Roxbury — movies don’t get more stupid than that one and I still laugh when I watch it.

        • Did you see Stranger than Fiction Cindy? I actually like Ferrell in that one though generally I’m not too fond of him either. I also think he’s good in Everything Must Go, it’s more of a dark comedy. Yeah, Night at the Roxbury is hilarious!

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