Review: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
It’s been nine years since we first met Ron Burgundy and his news crew reach the top of the ratings in San Diego Channel 4 News.
Will Ferrell returns as Ron Burgundy, the ‘tashe and tie wearing news Anchorman with the idiosyncratic ramblings, preposterous sign-outs and a penchant for stating the obvious in bizarre situations.
After losing his job and his wife and quite frankly hitting rock bottom, Ron Burgundy gets the job offer of a lifetime – to relocate to the Big Apple to take New Yorks first 24-hour news channel by storm. So he gets the team back together! The characters who have now become icons of modern pop culture.
The ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ device works strongly here as we revisit Ferrell’s charming, vocally gesticulating man-child. As he attempts to egomaniacally climb the career ladder by setting new boundaries in the world of news broadcasting, he also pushes the envelope of social progress in his usual comedic chronically overacting loveable style.
The movie re-familiarises you to all the Burgundyisms that we know and love and the creative exclamations and nonsensical ramblings casts an only slightly exaggerated eye on how we consume media. Paul Rudd, Steve Carell et al return as the loyal supporting cast and inject their own dose of comic prowess.
With a cadre of cameos throughout and the to be expected multiple news teams face-off at the end of the film, which utilises the talents of many familiar faces in a scene that leaves you wanting more.
To sum up
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is as outrageous and riotously funny as the first movie. If the first movie left your sides suitably split, then the sequel will not disappoint in an effort that dishes out more of the same with an extra helping of chronic hilarity and the continued tradition of the preposterous. Let’s hope we don’t have to wait another nine years for the next one.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is out in UK cinemas 18 December 2013.