Saturday, December 28, 2013

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues – 5 out of 5

Ron Burgundy and his news crew are back as their story continues into the 80s!  The decade that gave us poorly made cartoons filled with continuity errors that we like to believe are, from a technical standpoint, somehow superior to what is produced now, Hammer pants, and the indisputable fact that cocaine is awesome.  [Editor's Note:  Cocaine is, in fact, not awesome and is a terrible drug that can, and will, lead to the destruction of your family life, friendships and your bank account.]

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The 80s sure were a time period in history.


We last left Ron (Will Ferrell) and his wife Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) as co-anchors on a national news network; however, their boss decides to push Veronica to heights unknown and fires Ron. The man with salon-quality hair falls into obscurity as his marriage falls apart and he becomes a drunken mess. When all seems lost, he’s approached by GNN, a news network aiming for the first every 24-hour news cycle. Ron quickly agrees to join and grabs his team; weatherman Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), sports caster Champ Kind (David Koecher) and investigative reporter Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd). Together, they seek to dominate the network and make their timeslot—the dreaded graveyard shift—the highest in the ratings…also, just to upstage news’ golden boy Jack Lime (James Marsden). Against their boss’ wishes, the team does something unheard of in that time of news and begins to sensationalize what the viewer is seeing and, with it, a new era is born…and a new era, brings new troubles for the guys.

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Dat 'stache!


I absolutely LOVED the first film and the character of Ron Burgundy. I’m a huge fan of all the players involved and have watched the movie repeatedly since it came out in 2004 and it is just as funny to me during my thirtieth viewing as it was the first time I saw it in the theaters. I was a little more than excited to see Ron, Brick, Brian and Champ return, so to say that my expectations were really high when my girlfriend and I sat down in our seats on Christmas morning to see the news team assemble for a second time would be a complete understatement. Despite some mixed reviews I was getting from members of my inner circle (a.k.a. friends), I have to say the film punched my expectations in the face and then proceeded to take it out for a nice steak dinner like it’s Dorothy Mantooth…only the film called my expectations the next day.

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Paul Rudd:  The Most Beloved Man in All of History!


If that metaphor was confusing (it confused the hell out of me and I wrote the damn thing), what I’m trying to say is that Anchorman 2 was better than I anticipated it to be!

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Pictured:  How hard I laughed watching this film...also, characters from the movie.


Like the last film, this movie is intelligently silly. It would be easy just for Will Ferrell and the gang to get up and do stupid stuff for easy laughs but there is a controlled madness to what Adam McKay and Ferrell wrote. On the surface, all the gags seem childish and, sometimes, sophomoric or moronic but there is a biting wit behind all of them. Whether it be Brian’s glowing ego, Ron’s lack of intelligence in spite of the fact he’s a man whose job it is to report the facts, Brick finding love with a kindred soul (played by Kristen Wiig) or Ron finding love with his Africa American boss and trying to bridge the racial gap in only a way a na├»ve, ignorant soul like Burgundy would.

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Burgundy gets Jungle Fever.


The wit included in this film’s humor and the way they make fun of established gags (like the slapstick scene of Ron’s RV being involved in a crash because he doesn’t understand how cruise control works), makes the film hilarious beyond belief—seriously, the film reduced me to tears many times and it was often hard to breathe because of the laughs escaping my sound hole. Even when the movie rehashes gags from the first film, or does callback jokes, they make them fresh, new and funnier than they were the first time; for example, the gang war between the news networks and Sex Panther's return, both were epically funny!

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Dammit, Brick!  You are do darn adorable!


The humor is only enhanced to near unachievable levels with the fact that Ferrell, Carell, Rudd and Koecher play so well off each and really bring their characters to life. Further humor enhancing factors come from the well-known actors and celebrities who make cameos in the film. Granted, some of these celebrities can’t act to save their lives but just their inclusion is hilarious! I don’t want to give any spoilers away or say to whom I am referring to but, despite the ego this man carries and his belief that he is the greatest thing to ever exist, he can’t act for shit but his appearance is funny nonetheless.

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It was Kanye, that's who I am talking about.  He was in it and can't act...but still funny.


In today’s society, we have knee-jerk reactions to movies and tend to hate them long before they even hit theaters or even enter pre-production (think about all the hate Affleck got when it was announced he was Batman. Denizens of the internet already laid claim, without seeing him in the cape and cowl or even utter a single line as The Bat, and KNEW he was going to be terrible)—in this society, we look at prequels, sequels, remakes, and reboots like they are the worse thing to ever exist and claim that Hollywood has run out of ideas and that’s the reason for their existence (too bad they’ve been around since movies pretty much started. Did you know that The Wizard of Oz is a remake?). 

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Seriously, it's impossible to hate Paul Rudd.


It would be easy to write off Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues as a generic story cashing in on the success of the first film (which came out almost a decade ago) but this movie could easily exist as its own Ron Burgundy film like the first one never existed. Getting to see Ron Burgundy and his news crew return for a new adventure and another leg in their journey of being the best (and funniest) in their business was outrageously fun. This was such a great addition to the Legend of Ron Burgundy that I want a third film…and a fourth—Hell, keep making them until I say stop…I command it.

3 comments:

  1. "Paul Rudd: the most beloved man in all of history!" That had me pissing myself. I use that line every day.

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    1. It's impossible to hate Paul Rudd.

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    2. That's true. He's naturally hysterical. Still a good line though.

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