Anchorman: The Legend Continues (2013)

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Anchorman: The Legend Continues (2013)
  • Time: 119 min
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Director: Adam McKay
  • Cast: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell

Storyline:

Having left San Diego for New York City, Ron Burgundy is living the high life with his wife Veronica Corningstone and son Walter Burgundy. However, when the boss decides to promote Veronica to full time lead anchor and fire Ron, everything changes. Now heading back to San Diego, Ron is washed up and working part time at Sea World. His shot at redemption though comes in the form of a man named Freddie Schapp, who’s an executive producer at the Global News Network, the world’s first 24 hour round the clock news channel. He hires Ron, who proceeds to reunite the news team of Champ, Brick, and Brian, and head back to New York City. While there Ron and his news team are given the graveyard shift and a challenge. Ron comes up with a radical new idea to transform the news and that puts him at the top of the game once again. But how long will Ron’s newfound fame last? And will Brick finally find true love?

5 reviews

  • All the best jokes in this movie are in the trailer. Two and a half minutes of good jokes. That’s it. That’s all this movie has to offer.

    Ron dumps his wife when she gets a better job, and he tries to both advance his career and win her back. If the movie had stuck to that, it would have been much better. Instead, the filmmakers chose to include a whole ton of random happenings that make no sense.

    Ron goes blind and ends up in a lighthouse. There is a psychologist who can blow things up with his mental powers. Ron is almost eaten by a shark. For some reason, a minotaur shows up at the end. Also Brick falls in love. The movie is basically a bunch of sketches jammed together and it jumps from thing to thing without regard for continuity.

    The shifts from Ron’s adventures in infotainment to him trying to get his family back are particularly jarring, as they are completely different in tone. It’s like watching two movies at the same time, and you don’t get emotionally involved in either. In the first movie, you were rooting for Ron. Now, you just can’t wait for it to end. I was checking my watch. This film is two hours long, and after about the first hour it gets boring and repetitive.

    And we’ve seen jokes about a white guy trying to fit into a black family many, many times before in other movies.

    Overall, I was less than impressed.

  • I loved the first one. Who didn’t? So I was really looking forward to Anchorman 2. It was good but I didn’t laugh as much as I had hoped to and I am not sure why. Some of the jokes just didn’t hit their mark and it has to be said that the film was overlong.

    The comedy seemed to lull and the film started to drag when Ron lost his sight although the huge fight scene with its great cameos really lifted it again.

    The best bits of the film certainly went to Steve Carell in his role as Brick. Hilarious!

    But overall… it was a bit of a let down.

  • I didn’t see the first one (I heard it was legendary) and didn’t have much of an expectation from this one… I was right, because this movie was terrible. It’s not funny, the jokes aren’t good, the acting isn’t good, and the movie goes nowhere. The main problem with this film is that Will Farrell thinks he’s funny no matter what he says, no matter how he acts. It was the kind of movie I felt embarrassed for the actors. Although there are a few moments of laughter, most of the film felt as if it was improvised by these actors who think a little too highly of themselves. The stupidity and humor-less jokes were that bad. Overall, it felt like this movie was thrown together without a real working script… Overall, I was less than impressed!

  • Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues 5.5/10- Coming off from the hugely successful first installment of the Anchorman series, Anchorman 2 makes for some solid comedy as a stand-alone movie, but unfortunately it had some high expectations to meet. This sequel falls short of expectations that over dues the silliness that the first Anchorman masterfully balanced.

    This movie starts off well, Ron Burgundy is in the 80’s and gets fired from the network , but decides to get back the news team for a new job offer he gets. Gathering characters has always been a nice addition to any movie just because of how easy it is to make it funny. Everyone laughed when they saw what Brian Fantana(Paul Rudd), Champ Kind(David Koechner), and the randomly funny Brick Tamland(Steve Carell) have been up since Ron left. The movie went along well until somewhere past the middle. Up until then, the movie had a good handle on the line of what Anchorman can make funny without over doing it. After the middle, they played jump rope with that line, not seeming to show care that they had in the first film about not just what jokes to use, but how to deliver them.

    The performances in this second installment were top notch. Will Ferrell always makes the film as funny as he alone can make and when he puts on the legendary 70’s mustache, there is no limit for him. The news team is no less talented. They have all grown since the first film that was roughly nine years ago. Some of them have made bigger careers, some have not. Paul Rudd has always been described as a “Dude” in almost all of the roles he plays. With all of the experience in that kind of role, he has nearly mastered the art of being a “Dude” on screen.

    For full review and more, http://reviewsbywest.com/anchorman-the-legend-continues–ride-along.html

  • I gotta admit, Will Ferrell is a pretty funny guy. I get his brand of humor. He’s pretty good at playing a jerk, a doofus, a complete dodo bird if you will. He’s silly, he’s stupid funny but he does it better than anyone in the business. Some of his films are good (Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby), some are bad (Step Brothers is a real dud), some are so-so (Semi-Pro comes to mind), and some are just plain awful (Bewitched is an abomination). But no matter what, you’ll always get the same old Will Ferrell. Whether he’s on screen or off, he’s always in character and he doesn’t take himself seriously at all. Not to completely judge him, but his routine at times can get a little stale. However, his sequel to 2004’s Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (titled Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) showed me that at least he still has a little more comic bite in him.

    You see, the first Anchorman (which I believe, catapulted Willie boy into super stardom) became a national phenomenon. It had comedy cult classic written all over it. Touted as one of the most quotable movies ever, this thing became a distance runner and gained even more popularity after its release on DVD. It obviously made sense to do a sequel. My question is, why did it take so long for the cast and crew to figure that one out? Now I for one however, wasn’t a huge fan of 2004’s festering sophomoric romp like everyone else was. I mean I thought it was amusing to a degree but it didn’t blow me away. But for all you Burgundy lovers out there, here’s the bottom line: If you liked the first Anchorman, you’ll probably dig this new installment as well. Let me rephrase that, if you liked parts of the first Anchorman, you’ll probably get a kick out of what’s on screen. Basically this is hit-or-miss comedy people. When “2” hits, it hits big. You’ll laugh your darn butt off. When it misses, it misses in epic doses. Some scenes are brutally annoying (especially with Steve Carell’s Brick character) and by the time things wrap up, the whole novelty of the fantasy element (another stand off between all the news companies is an example of this and it drags a bit) coupled with a few too many one-liners, kinda wears out its welcome. Ultimately, I’m reluctant to recommend Anchorman 2. It’s extremely funny in certain segments but meaningless and grating in others. If you choose to see it, wait till you get the Blu-ray so you can jump to the best parts. I do that now and again with something like 2005’s The 40-Year-Old Virgin.

    As a December release that got bumped around in terms of starting dates, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues begins kinda where the first one left off. Overly confident newscaster Ron Burgundy (played by Will “I’m a big galoot” Ferrell) and his loving wife Veronica (Christina Applegate), now have a son and live in New York City. They are teamed up for a nightly news show that is manned by famous anchor Mack Tannen (a weak cameo by Harrison Ford and it’s not his fault). Tannen keeps Veronica but decides to fire Burgundy because he considers him the absolute worst news anchor he’s ever been associated with. Upon getting this news, Ronnie overreacts by wrecking his marriage, moving back to San Diego, and getting loaded while being an MC at Sea World. After he gets fired from that job (and tries to commit suicide by way of hanging), Burgundy gets an unlikely offer to go back to the Big Apple provided that he brings his goofy crew of misfits with him (Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, and “whammy” sportscaster Champ Kind played by David Koechner). We’re talking a 24 hour, world news station called GNN (Global News Network). “2” then starts to parlay what worked so well the first time around. It heeds to the same blueprint as most Will Ferrell vehicles in terms of structure and tumultuous amounts of “so stupid its funny” moments (it’s the same director (Adam McKay) who directs all of his films so go figure).

    Despite its given flaws that I knew would exist, there were still a lot things I embraced about this new Anchorman. Since the film took place in the late 70’s and early 80’s, the bubble gum soundtrack songs were totally dead on. And I like the fact that “2” takes a lot of the gags from the 2004 outing and kicks them up a notch this time around (this sequel is bigger, badder, and more over the top. That doesn’t however, mean it’s great though). I also totally liked almost all of the four main characters and the actors who played them (it’s good to see Paul Rudd get back in the groove again. His Brian Fantana just cracks me up). Finally, I knew that there would be a lot of cameos this time around and I was right. Some of them were interesting (John C. Reilly as Stonewall’s Jackson Ghost was a hoot), a few of them didn’t really register (Harrison Ford and Will Smith were underutilized), and I almost forgot about Liam Neeson showing up (huh?).

    In the end though, the movie’s relenting fantasy element (scorpions and bowling balls in a van with no one driving it, what??) dares you to laugh heartily. When your not laughing, you’re just worn out by “2’s” freewheeling disregard for movie safety. That’s another way of saying that this is a film without any rules or regulated flow. Like I mentioned earlier, some of the jokes are stupendously funny while others just flop and die like a floundering trout gasping for air (or if you’ve already seen “2,” a snaggletoothed shark gasping for air ha!). Now if the filmmakers decide to make a 3rd Anchorman (and they just might), bravo to them. I’m sure that it will probably pull in a buck or two. Let’s hope that everyone involved (namely the director and screenwriters) will whip up a tighter, more consistently funny script this time around. Then this “legend” can surely or should I say, maybe “continue.”

    Rating: 2.5 out of 4 stars

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