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In 2004, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy helped launch the comedy careers of both Adam McKay and Judd Apatow. Now, nearly a decade later, the legend continues. I went into Anchorman 2 without high expectations, and knowing the same masterminds were behind it, how bad of a sequel could it be? Surprisingly; not bad at all.
The movie was set up with a plot taking place almost a decade after the first, now in the ‘80s, which was a clever choice as to not make the sequel seem out of place so late in the game. The main cast returns, with enough new jokes to consider half of them hilarious, and the other half rather hit-or-miss. A lot of the movies’ humor is centered around racist jokes and head-scratchers, but no one is really complaining because the jokes are used in the least serious way possible.
Burgundy (Ferrell), Champ Kind (Koechner) and Brian Fantana (Rudd) were all in top comedic form, while the two characters who lacked in this film most, I think were Veronica (Applegate), who wasn’t given nearly as many clever zingers this time around, and Brick (Carrell), who a majority of the time is either laughing too hysterically to laugh along with for extended periods of time, or actually delivering as the quirky Brick we know and love.
A noticeably good part of Anchorman 2 was the unbelievable number of cameo appearances by some of Hollywood’s biggest stars; including Harrison Ford, Drake, Jim Carrey and the duo of Tina Fey & Amy Poehler, just to name a few. A good amount of the gags from the first movie were recycled in a new, refreshing manner, like Burgundy’s whacky exclamations and the over-confident swagger of Fantana. However half of the movie left me wondering if we’d see another spontaneous battle between news teams. Turns out I was in luck, and with this being the part where almost all of the cameos were introduced, it was overwhelmingly epic.
Anchorman 2 delivered what fans should expect from a sequel to a movie that was so outrageous and clever. The reviews are in, and both IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes are giving it slightly better ratings than the first. I found it to be as funny as I was expecting, which is a good thing, but for my own sentimental reasons it just did not live up to its predecessor.
My Reel Rating: 7/10
Written by Josh Sazin on December 22nd, 2013