Monday, December 23, 2013

MOVIE REVIEW "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues"

Anchorman 2:
The Legend Continues

Nearly a decade
following its 2004 
release, the sequel 
to the box office-
winning comedy
Anchorman arrived 
in theaters this week.
My expectations
were low.

Given the dubious long-running track record of disastrous comedy film sequels, including such stinkers as Caddyshack IIThe Blues Brothers 2000The Whole Ten Yards and Parts II and III of the Hangover franchise, my trepidation regarding Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues certainly was understandable. In fact, my only hope for the sequel to the wildly popular 2004 hit  Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy was that it wouldn't suck completely. But to my surprise, the film delivers — BIG. And my buddy, Jake the Snake, and I got every penny's worth of our discount-priced, $7 matinee tickets.

Anchorman 2 DOESN'T suck!
Directed by Adam McKayAnchorman 2 reunites the original team — Will Ferrell as legendary newsman Ron Burgundy, Steve Carell as weatherman Brick Tamland, Paul Rudd as reporter Brian Fantana, David Koechner as sportscaster Champ "Whammy!" Kind and Christina Applegate as Veronica Corningstone-Burgundy.

Nine years has lapsed since we met our beloved broadcasters during the early '70s, and the news business was a drastically changing industry  by 1980. After conquering the San Diego TV market in the first film, Ron, Brick, Brian and Champ return in the sequel to take on their latest challenge  — defining and dominating  the fledgling 24-hour Global News Network in New York.

The ever-yummy Christina Applegate
as Veronica Corningstone-Burgundy in
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
The well-written updated story as well as the maintained authenticity of the returning characters help  make for a sequel that's endearing and laugh-out-loud funny. And new characters, including Ron Burgundy's GNN nemesis Jack (Lame) Lime played by James Marsden and the network's amorous manager Linda Jackson played by Meagan Good both add extra zing.

And speaking of zing, featuring timeless chartbusters from the likes of Kenny LogginsThe Captain Tennille and Hot Chocolate, the soundtrack also is a  particular treat.

Meagan Good sizzles as Linda Jackson.
Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy
Anchorman 2 also offers an endless slew of support performances and cameo appearances from an iconic and eclectic crew, including Harrison Ford, Kristen Wiig, Greg Kinnear, Vince Vaughn, Will Smith, Jim Carrey, Drake, Kirsten Dunst, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Liam Neeson and Kanye West.

In sum, this sequel is every bit as fun and entertaining as the original. But, despite the laughs, it IS rated PG-13. And yes moms and dads, that does still mean Parental Guidance.

-Christopher Long
(December 2013)

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  1. I didn't like the first one. (runs and hides) I just don't like Will Ferrell. He and Seth Rogen to me are the 'anti funny.'

  2. "Anchorman 2" felt more like a blooper reel than an actual film. While blooper reels are fun, even a great extra take can drag a film down.