CLICK HERE to see the trailer for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
Now showing theaters across Hampton Roads.
Seven years after the life we new in the first movie, we find Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) and his wife Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) along with their six year old son… in a bit of turmoil when Veronica gets a promotion and Ron… well…. gets the boot.
He heads into a downward spiral that quickly takes an upturn when GNN — a new news channel — wants him to anchor. He sets out to get the old KVWN Channel 4 newsteam together — finding them one-by-one (the originals are all back — Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Steve Carrell). Brian is a cat photographer; Brick is dead, but they find him giving his own eulogy at his funeral — even though he doesn’t realize he’s not dead; and Champ is running a fast food franchise… into the ground.
Once they are assembled … they head for New York City to meet the new boss. They are a little surprised at what they find… in classic inappropriate Ron Burgndy style. And soon a side bet with the star anchor at GNN sets the course for the news team. They have to come up with crazy ideas to get some ratings! In the process, they accidentally — and hilariously — develop the litmus test for today’s 24-hour news channel proliferation.
The first half of the film works well-enough. It pokes fun at cable news — provides some media satire and gives some genuine belly laughs. It’s the second half I had a bit of a problem with. It’s more of the same storyline from the first film. Almost identically. A ton of cameos from some major celebrities Jim Carrey, Sacha Baron Cohen, Marion Cotillard, Amy Poehler, Will Smith among them.
Some of the bits fall very flat, others are hilarious. Steve Carell steals the entire film. Most of his bits as Brick are stellar. There are fans who will absolutely love it! I, on the other hand, didn’t really. I laughed. I was entertained. I’ve seen most of it before.
THREE OUT OF FIVE COOKIES
Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, drug use, language and comic violence.