“you’re better off waiting until Anchorman 2 makes its way onto a rainy day slot on Channel 5″
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Review
By Matt Allen
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)
Cast: Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Christina Applegate
Director(s): Adam McKay
Screenwriter(s): Will Ferrell, Adam McKay
Running Time: 119 mins
It has been almost ten years since Ron Burgundy and his rag-tag team of broadcasters pulled together to fight the tyranny of women in the work place. Now they’re back to help turn what should be a liberating and evolutionary step in journalism into something America can really get on board with: scandal, smut and high speed car chases.
The news team reunite in New York to tackle the changing climate of broadcast news as a new age of 24 hour coverage dawns and give it the push it needs towards shameless sensationalism.
The success of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy was, for all intents and purposes, a stroke of luck. Ultimately a collection of sketches with a decent narrative thrown in to hold the thing together, the original film could have gone either way. Writers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay (who return to pen the sequel) famously took a “see what sticks” approach, the results of which paid off immensely.
This time around Ferrell is joined once again by Paul Rudd and Steve Carell (and that other guy with the cowboy hat) who, since the first outing, have risen to great success in their own right (except the guy in the cowboy hat). The gang slip right back into their roles without missing a beat and the enjoyment they take in resurrecting the news-team is clear in the performances.
It is all the more frustrating when, after an appropriate grace period, it becomes clear that this film just didn’t come together in the same way as its much celebrated predecessor. All the pieces are there but, with a weaker central plot (albeit with a semi-realised message about the modern mass media oligopoly) and a flabby mid-section that is not only pointless but also incredibly dull. Anchorman 2 unfortunately bombs harder than Burgundy into his pool after too many martinis.
It certainly seems as though the same approach has been taken by the writers, only this time the reams of footage don’t beget the same comedy gold as they did nearly ten years ago. The gags are spotty at best and by the end there is the distinct impression that the entire film was simply an excuse to climax in a cameo heavy news-team battle royale which is no more than a lazy rehash of a previous gag.
Looks like lightening doesn’t strike twice which may explain the exhausting amount of marketing that has gone into making sure that bums were on seats before word got around that you’re better off waiting until Anchorman 2 makes its way onto a rainy day slot on Channel 5.