Sunday, January 12 2014, 03:31 PM MST
Movie Review: Anchorman 2 - The Legend Continues
3 out of 5 Stars
Director: Adam McKay
Starring: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd and Steve Carell
Recommended To: Fans of Will Ferrell and his usual suspects as well as those who enjoyed the original film.
Synopsis: Ron Burgundy and his trusted team of newscasters attempt to revitalize their careers by helping to launch New Yorks first 24-hour news station.
Review: I didn't see Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy until after I had started working for a television station and was fairly surprised to see that underneath all the silliness was a whole lot of truth in regards to the going ons behind the scenes. Sure, we dont have knife fights with the competition, but that sense of being a team made up of unconventional parts certainly applies. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues took seemingly forever to made and while a 9-year break between films could have derailed the project the hiatus doesn't seem to have had much of an impact on the franchise as the magic is mostly still there. The only real noticeable difference and hindrance is Steve Carrells rising star. Carrells character, Brick Tamland, was great for one liners but this film looks to expand his role by giving him a subplot involving a relationship with Chani, a dysfunctional secretary played by Kristen Wiig, and the results are unfunny and generally a nuisance as it takes the film on unnecessary tangents that add little to the central story. Not that tangents are all that uncommon in Anchorman 2 as the film often veers off course to indulge in strange storylines that come out of left field. Fortunately for the film most of these detours are funny enough to not take away from the enjoyment of the movie. The film also excels when it comes to cameos. The massive battle between news teams in this film is simply hilarious and its hard to imagine that it will ever be topped should the Burgundy's legend continue on through the 1980s. If you liked the first film youll enjoy this one as well.
-Ryan Michael Painter