Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

Anchorman 2Released: December 18, 2013. Directed by: Adam McKay. Starring: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd. Runtime: 119 min.

Staying true to the original’s colours, “Anchorman 2” starts out with absurd humour: Ron Burgundy being chased by a shark. But that’s not how the story begins, it’s just how the film begins; our story starts in New York, at the latter end of 1980. Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) gets fired from his reporting gig, and, three months later, he is offered a spot on an innovative news channel called GNN, which is going to be the first ever 24-hour news channel. Ron has to get the news team back together where he reunites with Champ Kind (David Koechner), Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and Brick Tamland (Steve Carell). Together, they will change the face of broadcast journalism without even realizing it.

“Anchorman 2” is another very good collaboration between director Adam McKay and star Will Ferrell. It might not be as good as the original, but it still brings about some very successful and consistent laugh-out-loud moments. It isn’t as great as the original because it follows a storyline that is similar to the first one. Very similar, it seems to me. Ron gets too big of a head sometimes and the story teaches that important people can re-route his life and show him the way. These certain people are his ex-wife Veronica Corningstone (whom he splits up with when she gets a promotion), and his son Walter (Judah Nelson) who is annoying and cheesy. He gets a few chuckles, but that doesn’t make up for his crappy presence.

It seems to me Walter is in the film so it doesn’t feel so familiar to the first, but the truth is, he just bloats the plot too much. The film is a minute shy of two hours, and it’s too long. He is an okay intention from writers McKay and Ferrell, but it’s a misstep – because there shouldn’t be cuteness in a film that has so much bizarrely funny humour. It’s still fairly friendlier than an average comedy as it’s PG-13 and it has only one use of the F-bomb. The film has some great satire of the over-saturated news market because of all the stations it has, which allows enables the flick to have a lot of cameos that are alone worth the admission price.

James Mardsen portrays the villain of this film, practically being the new rival, one who replaces Vince Vaughn of the first. Ron’s ego is also an enemy to himself. His relationships with others is funny, like his African American boss Linda Jackson (Meagan Good). If you thought it was challenging for him to have a woman co-anchoring with him in the first; now he’s working for a female black person! Sweet Odin’s raven! Suffice to say, racism is featured here and there, but it’s handled lightly and in comedic ways. Anyway, Ron is consistently funny, even when his ego is huge, because Ferrell is great at being a cocky asshole. The supporting characters are still pretty awesome. Brian Fantana is still the sex fiend he has always been, and Champ Kind is pretty good, he’s hit and miss for me. Brick Tamland  is freaking awesome and so very funny. He is random and I love it. He gets a love interest this time around found in Kristen Wiig which is comedic.

Of course it’s comedic, since it is a comedy. This might not be the greatest comedy of 2013 but it’s consistently funny and even funnier if it is your type of humour. I would probably place this in my top 5 favourite comedies of 2013, however. I’d really like to see this again sometime soon, because it is quite entertaining, if too long. It’s also exciting to see the news men make news so entertaining for once, because I’d actually watch the news if it were more like this. The wait was also too long for this sequel, so if they make another involving ageism this time, it better come soon.


10 thoughts on “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

  1. Yeah, buddy! I wasn’t a huge fan of the first, even felt myself forcing laughs…but boy was my gut hurting with this film, I laughed…hard. Good review, Daniel!

    1. Oh I loved the first 🙂 I’m glad to hear that, though, Dave! One of my favourite lines was when Brick randomly said “I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!” And thank you 🙂

  2. Good review Dan. It was a funny movie that definitely had me cracking up, and cracking up pretty hard. However, the first will always be a classic, no matter how damn sequels they make.

  3. Good review. We have similar thoughts on this one. I thought Brick’s subplot less strong than you seem to, and the kid didn’t bother me, but in the end, I think we scored this similarly (77/100 is basically a C+).

  4. You probably know that I hated the first Anchorman when I first saw it. Yesterday night, however, something compelled me to rewatch the unrated version (just with an added joke on his “Go f–k yourselves San Diego” I think). Not sure why, but I found myself laughing out loud. A lot. I’d probably give it a ¾ (instead of the equivalent 2/4) if I were to review it again.

    Regardless, I’d heard that Anchorman 2 was a completely different movie, and that had me excited before I revisited the first movie. Now I’m dying to see the sequel. Glad to see you enjoyed it as much as I hope to.

    Side note: Did I ever tell you that Adam McKay lives near me? He’s not my neighbor, of course, but apparently he lives right down the road. According to a recent article, his favorite movie is Repo Man. Surprised?

    Sent from my iPhone


    1. No I didn’t know that! Seems like I’m learning new stuff about you all the time lol. I think it gets better with age. Like a fine whiskey 😉 Down, down, down into my belly. When did you first watch it? It’s different in ways, but I thought it followed a similar outline in the way characters get tested. I hope that isn’t a spoiler or anything! Either way, it’s very funny. That’s actually awesome!! And I don’t believe I’ve heard of repo man 😦

      1. Never heard of Repo Man, really? It’s a cult sci-fi comedy out of the 80s. It’s in the Criterion Collection.

        I first watched it last January. I also just saw Anchorman 2 the other day. Died laughing of everything but the last twenty minutes.

      2. Was that Jude Law and Forest Whitaker film called “Repo Men” a remake? I think it was 2009 or 2010. Maybe earlier. Haha, yeah, the last twenty min did drag a bit. I thought it was very funny when Corningstone said “I’m going to shoot you in the cooter with a BB gun.” Hahaha.

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