Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: movie review

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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: movie review

It should’ve been the top story, but instead it’s been bumped to the back of the hour: …and in other news, the Anchorman sequel is perfectly adequate. Yes, The Legend Continues is not the disaster we feared it might be, but neither is it the endlessly quotable, deliciously idiotic follow-up so many of us were anticipating. This may be the first time in history that the marketing campaign has proven more entertaining than the movie itself.

The plot is unnecessarily convoluted, following San Diego’s finest news source, Ron Burgundy (Ferrell), and his nemesis-turned-muse, Veronica Corningstone (Applegate), as they battle, break up, reunite and navigate the new world of 24-hour reporting. It’s a joy welcoming Ron back into our lives, and Ferrell’s fierce, edge-of-excessive performance once again holds the film together. There’s more satirical bite this time around—the depiction of thinly disguised Rupert Murdoch clone Allenby (Lawson) may be the biggest fuck-you to a media mogul since Citizen Kane—but otherwise, it’s business as usual.

But somewhere in the plot-heavy midsection, Anchorman 2 crosses that fine line between enjoyably effortless and just plain lazy. There are giggles throughout—a hefty percentage of them provided by Steve Carell as congenital moron Brick Tamland—but precious few big laughs (no “Go fuck yourself, San Diego”). Too many of the gags involve racial misunderstandings that might’ve worked three decades ago, and too many talented cast members—notably Paul Rudd and Kristen Wiig—are squandered. It all culminates with a high-wattage celebrity battle, amusing in a count-the-stars sort of way, yet (like much of this pleasant but essentially pointless installment) more dutiful than inspired.

By: Tom Huddleston


Release details

Rated: PG-13
Release date: Wednesday December 18 2013
Duration: 119 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Adam McKay
Screenwriter: Will Ferrell, Adam McKay
Cast: Will Ferrell
Christina Applegate
Paul Rudd
Kristen Wiig
Harrison Ford
Jim Carrey
James Marsden
Steve Carell

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Jordan I

I'm even hesitant to give it 3 stars after it watching in disappointment. What seemed like forced comedy just didn't do it for me. Yes, the first film was one of the greatest movies of all time, hands down.. but the second just didn't follow it up. Ron Burgandy is a legend. His support staff, equally funny and always giving a nice supporting role. While it certainly had it's fair share of laughs, I didn't fall for some of the out-of-the-box (too far out-of-the-box) concepts/situations that they were in. Even the first had Ron falling into the bear den, but I gave it the benefit of the doubt. This one with the shark just didn't seem logical. Just my two cents. Who knows, maybe Ron will come back for a 3rd. Stay Classy.