Movie Review: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

Published On January 4, 2014 » 1320 Views» By admin »

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4 stars

After almost 10 years, the long awaited sequel has finally arrived. I went into the theater, hoping not to be disappointed, as I was a fan of the original, as well as the all out marketing campaign for the sequel.

In Anchorman 2, we are reunited with Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) in the early 1980’s. He is now married to Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) and has a young son, Walter (Judah Nelson). When Veronica is offered a prestigious position the same day Burgundy is laid off from his job, he tries to make her choose between him and her career (that worked so well in the first one) and is hilariously surprised when she chooses her career. The movie then follows Ron as he gets his old team back together to make a show for the new network GNN. When he gets there, he finds a brand new conflict. His boss is an attractive black woman, Linda (Meagan Good), who inevitably becomes his love interest later on…despite Ron not being about to squawk out the word “black!” like a nervous tick whenever she’s around.

Anchorman 2 does have the same humor as the usual. The laugh out loud moments, and the embarrassing, cringing moments. It has the same inspired weirdness as the original as well. Towards the end, Ron is living in a lighthouse, caring for an injured shark he named Doby.

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All in all, they did a pretty good job with the sequel. If you’ve seen Anchorman 1, then you know what you’re getting into going to see the second.

The people who really make this movie shine are the actors. Ferrell does a good job of bringing the oblivious, arrogant Ron Burgundy to life. His act was really a great carry forward of the original. Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) is played with adorable dimwittedness as well.

Cameos in this movie abound, and you can expect to see Jim Carrey, Sacha Baron Cohen, Kanye West, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and John C. Reilly.

It’s clear that the makers of the movie knew that they were making fun of the movie. Generally, in a sequel, if it’s not bigger and better, then the sequel is lost. However, this time around, the sequel went ridiculously big, with the primary goal being to jump the shark…literally.

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Not that I’m saying its bad. There are more than a few laugh out loud scenes and a few of the favorite one liners (Well, that escalated quickly) are dropped as well. While some of the laughs are predictable and over done, for the most part, the whole movie worked.

For fans of the original, Anchorman 2 won’t disappoint. It manages to keep the same ridiculous plot line as the original, with grown men acting like little boys. It is movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously, with dozens of unnecessary cameos, over the top plot lines, and over the top reactions.

It might have taken more than 10 years to make the sequel, but Anchorman 2 was worth the wait.  Here is the trailer below.  If you have seen the movie, earn some points and leave a Review!!

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