Opening this week from director Adam McKay and Paramount Pictures is the return of an iconic news team with ANCHORMAN 2: The Legend Continues.
This film picks up after the 1970’s when television anchorman Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is now married to the anchorwoman of his dreams Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate). They are co-anchors for the news in New York and the parents of young son Walter (Judah Nelson).
Life is good until Mack Harken (Harrison Ford) decides to move Veronica up to an important anchor position and fire Ron. Sending him into a tailspin for months he is saved by Freddie Sharp (Dylan Baker) who wants to get the team back together for a spot on GNN 24 hours news.
Ron takes off with Baxter to find Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Champ Kind (David Koechner) and Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) and coax them into the idea. Once in New York the guys meet their boss Linda Jackson (Meagan Good) who immediately takes a liking to Ron.
But there is something else evil lurking on the set – the dashingly good-looking Jack Lime (James Marsden) immediately causes trouble for Ron. With his impeccable hair and shiny smile, Ron knows this guys is going to be a problem – especially for Ron’s ego.
The news team must find a way to become number one again, Ron tries to assimilate with Linda’s family, Walter befriends a shark, Ron tries to win Veronica back, Brick finds love, Ron goes blind, Brian gets an attitude and Champ – well – keeps on being Champ.
Just the ‘80s for the world’s favorite anchor team!
FINAL WORD: Ferrell is funny as Ron but not in a laugh out loud sort of way. The character made me chuckle a few times because of some things that I’m sure will wash over audiences ready to forgive their ‘inappropriateness’ (take a lesson Duck Dynasty!). If it makes anyone feel any better I did like some of the truck commercials AND the Peyton Manning interview so it all evens out.
Applegate comes up with a few witty one-liners and it’s always good to see her again. Marsden gets to do a lot of camera poses a-la-Burgundy style, Rudd as Brian is basically a cat-photographer-turned-brooder not getting enough love I guess, Carell as Brick falls in love with his female counterpart in a relationship I just couldn’t watch actually, Koechner as Champ was – well – Champ and that’s all I have to say about that.
Good as boss Jackson didn’t do anything for me in the slightest. Ford as Harken REALLY didn’t do anything for me and Nelson as young Walter just creeped me out. Great, now I’m going to get crap for not liking a kid actor – there goes my humanitarian award.
Other cast include: Josh Lawson as Kench Allenby, Kristen Wiig as Chani, Steve Coulter as Judge, Greg Kinnear as Gary, Vince Vaughn as Wes Mantooth, Fred Willard as Ed Harken, Wilbur Fitzgerald as Dr. Brangley and a cruise ship load of cameos that would take to long to write out.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give ANCHORMAN 2: The Legend Continues three tubs of popcorn out of five. This is where I’m going to get into trouble actually. My daughter keeps saying ‘Mom doesn’t like ANCHORMAN so she’s not going to like it’. I am saying in print here and now THAT’S NOT TRUE!
I do like it and find the original humor pretty much like my own. Not so much in the case of this attempt. I felt the film tried way too hard to re-capture something that didn’t need capturing in the first place. Basically it’s a reason for the guys to get back together, drink a little, swear a little, and have a West Side Story gang fight that includes a lot of cameos (points lost for Kanye West).
But, having had my say I’m sure fans will flock to the theatre come rain, snow, sleet or any other weather Mother Nature decides to dish out in the next few days. So gather up the guys, have a Dave & Buster dinner and head out to see the film in groups of four!
In the end – it’s kind of a big deal.
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