Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Starring: Will Farrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Christina Applegate, Kristen Wiig, Meagan Good, June Diane Raphael , James Marsden
Directed by: Adam McKay
Run Time: 119 mins
Opens December 18th
By Lisa Minzey of The Reel Critic.com
Hey Phoenix Film Fans! Ron Burgundy and the top news team from Channel 4 San Diego are back after almost a decade. Sequels can be tricky, so how does the continuing legend compare to the original? Read on to find out.
To those who thought, what happened to Ron Burgandy in the 1980’s, this film starts to answer those burning questions. Ron (Will Ferrell) and his now wife Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) are the news team on a network New York Station. When Ron is passed over for a big promotion and Veronica is chosen, he forces her to choose between him or the job. The job wins. Ron goes on a downward spiral of self destruction, landing back in San Diego hosting the dolphin show at Sea World. His luck changes when he is approached to anchor on a brand new network, GNN, a 24 hour news channel. This opportunity would bring him back to New York with the opportunity to restore his reputation and his relationship with Veronica. All Ron needs to do is assemble the finest news team known to San Diego comprised of Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Champ Kind (David Koechner) and Brick Tamland (Steve Carell). Can Ron convince them all to come back to the world of news or will they be too settled in their new lives to care? Can Ron regain his status as the top news anchor or will he continue to live in Veronica’s shadow Will Ron’s hubris get the best of him or will it be his un-pc behavior that finally ends him
Keeping the absurdity rolling through the sequel must have been such an easy feat as it ups the ante of stupidity and idiotic entertainment. What's great about this sequel is that more screen time is given to stand out character, Brick Tamland, who has some of the funniest lines in the film. Is this film ridiculous? Absolutely. Is this film better than the original? That depends on the viewer. If you loved Anchorman, you’ll be happy what McKay and gang deliver as it still has all the gags and stupidity of the first film, but it notches it up a level of 1980’s exuberance. Another bonus to this film that there is an abundance of celebrity cameos and surprise guests. From a story standpoint, some of the storylines fall a little flat and then pick up at the very end as Ron’s journey goes way off course then swings back around. With Ron Burgundy, would you expect anything else but it to be all about him? Overall, this film is absurdly entertaining with enjoyable new character additions, new quotable lines and a great soundtrack. Be sure to catch “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” when it opens in theaters starting Wednesday December 18, 2013.