Running Time: 1 hour 59 minutes
Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) and his wife Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) have settled into an idyllic life where they live in New York, co-anchor the news and raise their son, but their happiness is short-lived when Veronica is promoted to lead anchor and Ron is fired. After spiralling into depression and losing Veronica, Ron is given a chance at redemption when he is offered a job at a brand new 24 hour news network. With his News Team reassembled, Ron has to overcome new rivals in the newsroom while attempting to change the face of TV news.
I didn’t love the first Anchorman movie, but I thought there was more good than bad about it. My hope was that they would seize on the the parts of the original that worked and abandon the parts that fell flat. My hope was in vain. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is everything I disliked about the first film. I think that setting a movie in the 70s or 80s and using it as an excuse to constantly toss out racist, sexist and homophobic material because, “that’s is how it was back then” is the lowest and laziest form of comedy. It is also about time to stop thinking that putting polyester suits and mustaches on guys is a substitute for writing jokes or funny plotlines.
I am rapidly tiring of Will Ferrell’s go-to schtick of playing big, dumb, loud and obliviously cocky guys and with all the talent they assembled for this movie, they get very little out of it. I think David Koechner is one of the funniest guys on the planet but I can’t stand him in this movie and Paul Rudd and Steve Carell deserve better material than this. Much in the same way that Adam Sandler has lost his touch because he only makes movies with his friends and sycophants, Will Ferrell has spent too much time with his Funny or Die buddies and Judd Apatow’s gang and if he wants to be relevant again he needs to step outside of his circle and work with people who have new ideas for him.
I laughed a time or two, but aside from a boatload of surprise cameos, there wasn’t much worth mentioning about this movie. D