In a world where comedy sequels tend to completely miss the mark and almost always disappoint, there was no doubt that ten years on, Anchorman 2 – The Legend Continues wouldn’t live up to its predecessor.
Adam McKay and Will Ferrell pretty much always hit it on point, and the laughs just keep on coming. There are parts you miss the first time you watch, that become stand-out moments that you’ll never forget. Case and point – Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.
However, one thing to note, and to everyone that has witnessed the on-screen antics of McKay and Ferrell will already know that the comedy is not for everyone. This type of humor is not easily understood for some viewers, and can be quite uncomfortable to watch. So it will come as no surprise that Anchorman 2 – The Legend Continues follows-suite and continues to disembowel your comedic senses and throw you into a world of randomness. This is set in stone, and was to be expected if you have already seen the original.
Ron Burgundy hasn’t changed, which is definitely a good thing. He is still the same egotistical nutcase we have grown to love and this time, he is set on taking over the news world with his original team.
The team consists of Ron (Will Ferrell), Champ (David Koechner), Brian (Paul Rudd) and Brick (Steve Carell), and what a team it is. They are the same sex driven, childlike, redneck bruisers that we saw in the first one, and it’s a damn good thing that they haven’t changed one bit.
The story follows their journey into 24 hour news, a showcase that becomes Ron’s stronghold, by thinking outside the box and broadcasting his ‘news’ from a different angle that at the time, was completely unheard of.
His success is astounding, and his team find their niche. From smoking crack live on TV, raising a Great White Shark from infancy, to covering Police car chases as they happen. The plan is solid and takes them on a whirlwind to success. As you will expect, many events get in their way, and take them on a personal journey into discovering what really matters: Being a team of friends and family.
The laughs are well spread out, and sometimes take you completely off-guard. That said, it’s with a heavy heart to say (as a huge Will Ferrell fan) that without the childish character and facial expressions of Brick (Steve Carell), the film just wouldn’t be as great as it is. Carell has this on-screen ability that gets you unbelievably excited, and you just know that when he is taking part in any of the dialogue, it’s going to be hilarious.
Anchorman 2 – The Legend Continues does exactly what the title suggests (continues the legend), and still gives you a healthy dose of laughter and incredibly an intense, over-the-top fight scene (this time starring some of the biggest names in the industry, Will Smith, Jim Carrey etc). It’s bigger than ever, but definitely not better. Fans will love, new viewers will enjoy another fantastic tale of Ron Burgundy and his eccentric team of news reporters.