Waiting nine years for a sequel to Anchorman?!?! Kind of a big deal!!
After he and his fellow wife/news anchor Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) run into a rough patch that causes a separation between the two, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is left with nothing to gain, nor anything to lose. He’s practically hanging himself, just as an ambitious businessman (Dylan Baker) comes to him with a proposal: Get the old gang back together, and help him start up a 24/7 news-station. At first, the idea seems quite preposterous, but seeing as how Ron is out of a job and needs to gain some confidence back into his ego and his wonderful ‘stache, he decides to get out there, and ramble up Champ (David Koechner), Brian (Paul Rudd) and of course, sweet Brick (Steve Carell). Together, the four decide that they’re going to take the news world by storm, however, they have just one, big problemo: They’re on at 2-5 a.m. Yeah, not exactly the ideal position for these seasoned-pros, but they get on with it and realize that telling the news is exactly what they loved doing in the first place, even if not everything they discuss is in fact “news”.
As you all most likely saw and scratched your heads about, I did and still do to this day, love the hell out of Anchorman. It’s dumb, random, nonsensical and completely, utterly idiotic in terms of where it goes, why and how its plot is structured. However, that’s why I love it and laugh my ass off at it each and every time I catch it. Doesn’t matter where or when, all that matters is that when I see it, I laugh my heinie off and have as great of a time during that moment, then I did when I first witnessed it all of those years ago.
However though, as much as I looked forward to the idea of a sequel to my beloved comedy-classic, something didn’t sit too well with me after all of this time. First of all, it’s literally been nine years since the first flick came out, which means that this is a sequel happening nine years later. I’m sure that the original will stand the test of time and the memory of it will continue to transcend from decade-to-decade (I sound crazy, I know), but that just feels odd that it would take THAT long for a big-budget, mainstream sequel to come out, especially since everybody involved with the first movie, are even bigger stars than they were before (with the exception of Koechner, sorry Champ). So why the long wait, guys? Better yet, was it even worth it?
The answer to that last question is sort of, and the answer to the first is “I don’t know”. Why? Because I’m not in the business of Hollywood so I don’t know why it took so long to get this sequel off the grounds, but that’s another discussion for another day, another topic and quite frankly, a whole ‘nother blog out there.
Like I was saying though, most sequels to successful comedies fail at many things, the main one being that it tries to do exactly what the first one did, with all the same jokes, gags and insider pieces of info that got the fans so on-board in the first place, but that’s surprisingly not what happens here. Yeah, there are a couple of times when Ron utters his famous line “stay classy”, or familiar faces from the first one show up to let us know that they’re still getting a pay-cut from all this, but it’s never like “Hey, Whore Island? Ammiright!?!?” Instead, the whole movie just focuses on letting these guy do what they did best in the first movie, as well as subsequent offerings they’ve completed since then: Just be funny, have a ball and give us something to laugh at.
In that case, the movie’s pretty damn funny. Random stuff happens, is said and even alluded to, and you don’t know why it’s happening or where it even came from, but you expected that already, so you learn to just roll with the punches and see what else these guys can bring out of their funny-repertoire. Not all the punches hit the funny-bone as well as they did in the first, and there definitely are more than a few ad-libbed parts that don’t really go anywhere and felt like they could have been cut and thrown right into the blooper reel section of the DVD release, but taken on as a whole, it was a funny comedy that made me laugh.
Then again though, I’m running into constant problems with this because the first movie is my baby and, as much as it pains me to say, this movie just doesn’t meet those qualities. More than a couple of times, I found myself holding my gut as I was yucking it up, but never to the point of the first movie, nor did it feel like anything that happened here was ever going to be as quotable as, I don’t know, say “I’m in a glass case of emotions”, or even, “Cannonball!”. Nope, instead we get a bunch of ramblings that lead on to some pretty funny, wacky and wild stuff that we expect from everybody involved, yet, never feels like it’s hitting that sheer level of “odd-genius” that the first movie hit. Maybe I’m being unreasonable and maybe I’m being a bit harsh on this movie, but the first one will always have a close place to my heart and if something is going to connect itself to that story, and try and reinvigorate the same magic as that charmer did, then I’m going to be looking a bit harder and closer than ever before. Doesn’t mean I didn’t like the flick, it just doesn’t hold up to the standards of the first one.
But, once again, let’s not split hairs here, people: If you want a good time at the movies, to bust-out laughing and be surprised along the way, then see this flick. It’s nothing special like the first movie but for what it’s worth, it’s a fun time at the movies, guaranteed by yours truly.
And thanks to the returning-cast, the movie’s funnier and more entertaining than ever. Chalk most of that up to, as I stated in my review for the first one, to none other than Mr. Ron Burgundy himself, Will Ferrell. We all know that Will Ferrell is hilarious and will practically throw himself out there on a silver-platter if that means getting at least something of a chuckle, but man, he goes for it here and it pays off big time. There’s one scene that’s been spoiled in the trailers, but is actually quite hilarious when you see it all play out and it’s when he’s at the dinner-table of his “black” girlfriend’s family home. It’s racist for sure, but it will certainly get a hell of a lot of laughs, especially since Ferrell just goes for it and never looks back. He’s the type of comedic-actor all aspiring entertainers should want to be, and he proves that to us time, and time again.
But when I start talking about the rest of the newsteam, I start to get a little upset. The reason being that although Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and even David Koechner all get their moments to shine and bathe in the spot-light of fun and happiness, some actually feel misused. Koechner’s there, is funny and does his thing, so I hate to say that he doesn’t count, but he truly doesn’t. The two who I’m really talking about here are Carell and Rudd; with the former getting a hell of a lot more attention than he did in the first movie, and especially a lot more over the latter, which is strange considering that they both seem pretty worthy of more than enough screen-time, but nope, apparently Adam McKay saw differently. The thing with more of this focus on Brick, and his love-angle he has with Kristen Wiig’s character, is that the novelty of him saying really ridiculous and out-of-left-field things is lost. Much more now, we just hear him say, or do something completely and utterly crazy, just because it was such a winner in the first movie, so why not up the ante a bit, eh? It didn’t feel right to me and it was an easier pill to swallow because Carell, like Ferrell, goes for the whole slice with this, but it gets over-played at times and seems like the only card the movie can handle.
Also, I feel like I’m of the opinion that any time away from Brian Fantana, is time wasted. Am I right, people? Come on!
And while I’m sure all of you probably no who shows up here, to say the least, each and every familiar face that you see in this movie, is a face worth noting. Can’t get into specifics one bit, but they’re all fun, all exciting to see and a bit shocking, considering there are some pretty serious faces that, oddly enough, actually agreed to show up in the sequel to Anchorman. Maybe it’s cult following isn’t just a bunch of single and lonely dudes? Maybe others out there have noticed the charm of Ron Burgundy and the rest of the news-team and decided they wanted a piece of the pie, too? Or maybe, just maybe, they’re doing Will Ferrell and co. a favor. Yeah, you know what? I think that’s it. Oh well.
Consensus: May not fully bring back the strange, idiotic charm of the first movie, but Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is still a laugh-out-loud comedy from a bunch of people who clearly know what they are doing here, and don’t shy away from breaking their backs for a laugh or two. It just seems desperate after awhile, that’s all.
8 / 10 = Matinee!!
Photo’s Credit to: IMDB, Collider, Joblo, ComingSoon.net
Thanks for the heads-up, Dan. You’re still the man!
I sincerely believe that one day you will start an Anchorman cult…. and that would be bloody awesome.
I really am trying! It’ll catch on one day, I just know it.
I watched the first Anchorman on TV last year and thought it was hilarious. I’m excited for the sequel. I only had to wait 1 year instead of 9. :). Great review!
Good for you then! Less pain!
Aww man! Are we back to Anchorman again? Seriously? 😉
I knew this film would be complete mince 😉
Another good review. Glad to hear you found the sequel entertaining, even if you don’t think it’s as good as the first flick. 😉
It wasn’t, but that’s not really as much of a bad thing since it’s still funny.
I am totally reserving judgement on this, because despite what you say Dan, I don’t think Will Ferrell has done a decent movie since the first Anchorman! IMHO.
Hey, you’re not alone on that thought! He hasn’t always been the talk of everyone’s town, but there are some out there who still, somehow, adore him.
I was worried this would be utterly awful so I’m glad it’s getting half decent reviews at least. Very much looking forward to seeing it.
I’m glad! It’s doing fine, as well it should because it’s funny when it needs to be and doesn’t disappoint.
I agree it definitely got a bit silly towards the end and some of the novelty of Brick kind of wore off but I loved this, through-and-through. But i totally see where you’re coming from; if you’re Mercedes, why try to reinvent the wheel ten years down the road? You might risk fucking up the car badly. I’m glad I didn’t find this to be true of my experience, but I see the concern. Nice write-up buddy!
Thanks Tom! I have to say, despite my reservations, I laughed. An awful lot, too!
Nice review, glad to hear this is worth it!
P.S. I love lamp.
Hahah sadly, none of that here!
well 8/10 is a pretty good score. i wasn’t a fan of the film film (in fact, i couldn’t get through it) so i’m not sure fi i’d like this one as much as you.
Yeah, if you like the first, you’ll like this. However, if not, then don’t even bother as it’s so much of the same thing around.
For me Will Ferrell is an acquired taste, one I have yet to… er, acquire. I didn’t think much of the original Anchorman, but that was ages ago and my tastes have probably changed, so I think I’ll have to revisit it. That said, this looks more of the same, so I’ll probably skip it until I can snag a Blu rental.
It’s sort of like the first, but way, way longer and over-blown.
Glad you liked it. I’ve heard there are a lot of celebrity cameos, who was your favourite?
Oooh! I can’t spoil that here, let’s just say it was somebody from MTV.
Excellent review! I came here after noticing you’d commented on my review, which I greatly appreciated. It’s nice how we came to very similar conclusions in different ways. Keep it up, man.
Thanks, man! You as well!
Good but senseless. I laughed a lot and isn’t that the mark of a good comedy? 4/5 stars.
Great review. I have not watched the first one, still not sure if I want to, though it has a very positive response…
This was one of the worst movies I have watched in quite sometime.The fist movie was fantastic and I still quote it to this day…
Sadly they played the dumb card the entire movie. Only funny parts were raciest. They couldn’t make up their mind on what they wanted to do with this movie and brought in elements from the first that shouldn’t have been touched.
Sorry this was a waste of time and money. The first movie will forever live in glory but this one will pass away.
If you loved the fist movie I would recommend waiting for DVD or just pass this one.
More about the movie you can also find it here
Loved the nonsensical hilarious of number two. But you’re very right, it’s hard to measure up to no one, in particular as it was such an instant un-expected classic with a strong following, and this is nine years on. But it’s still a great watch, can’t wait for the DVD. xo