SPOILERS IN REVIEW: So I saw this last Friday but haven’t had the chance to review it so here goes – as it’s Christmas Eve, it will be a short review.
I should just say, these guys (the cast) have done a lot of promotion for this film. Ron Burgundy has just been everywhere (MTV Europe Awards, Yahoo! etc). The long-awaited sequel follows TV News Anchorman Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) and his crew, Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Champ Kind (David Koechner), and the weird but wonderful weatherman Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), starting work on a 24 hour new channel in the 80s whilst at the same time Ron faces the trouble of connecting with his son after leaving his wife Veronica Coringstone (Christina Applegate).
Now its fair to say the first film was a hit and to a degree could be called a cult – notice I say ‘could’ – and I guess because of how hilarious the first film is, you have high expectations for the sequel, which don’t quite match. But there are hilarious moments and also some funny scenes, which are slightly spoilt because of the trailers – TRAILERS ARGH!!! – but overall you will still laugh a lot during the film. There are two parts to the film that don’t work; the part when Ron becomes blind, which can get old very quickly, and the other is the sub-plot whilst Ron is blind of him and his family looking after a baby shark – it’s just not funny. However, the beginning of the film when Ron gathers his old team back is hilariously funny. There some moments as said before that are in the trailer, which is annoying because the scenes would have been even funnier. E.g. when Ron meet his African-American boss’ family. But it’s only two scenes long so it doesn’t matter as much, and the scene doesn’t try to be that funny about it that it then becomes awkward to watch.
In an recent interview Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd and Steve Carell said that the film enlightens some of the hilarious jokes in the first film and put a different angle/concept on them. In some cases this worked. For example, Brian Fantana in the first film has a secret stash of fragrances where there are some weird names and yet in the sequel there is a secret stash of condoms with weird ones such as ‘the hooded guest’. But there also times where the sequel has put a different angle on the same kind of joke and it just doesn’t work or isn’t funnier or as funny as when it was used in the first film. For example, the first film all the TV News teams in San Diego have a massive street fight – with some famous cameos – and the second film does the same again under different circumstances but this time it is a fight with National news teams; there are a lot of famous cameos in them (I won’t say all of them because that will spoil it) but my favourites were Jim Carrey and Marion Cotillard representing CBC News (Canadian news). However, it just felt a bit silly as there was nothing to try and top this fight from the first film’s. It’s not good to always compare the sequel to the first film because they can be very different but because they use the same jokes it’s vital to see if it works and compare them.
Without a doubt, Steve Carell being Brick is the funniest character for me. The first scene we see him in this sequel you laugh straight away. Not only this but also the scenes when he is weather reporting and in a meeting with Ron, Brian, Champ and their new boss Linda Jackson (Meagan Good) are very funny. Ron’s new enemy in the film, despite hating Veronica for splitting up, is Jack Lime, played by James Marsden, a anchorman for the primetime slot of the 24 hour news channel Ron works for. Lime is quite funny and also makes Ron, just as Veronica did in the first film, like an idiot.
Overall, it’s the funny content in the film and the hilarious acting that make the sequel worth seeing – also because it is a sequel to a great film – however don’t watch it with very high expectations like I did because let’s face it, it was probably always going to be difficult to beat the original. Nevertheless the film is still worth seeing for the humour, the celebrity cameos, the awesome rivalry between the news anchormen and there is a genuine and meaningful story to it.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: 7.3/10