Friday, December 27, 2013

Movie Review: Anchorman 2

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
directed by Adam McKay
starring: Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Kristen Wiig, Christina Applegate, and many more.

So, I saw "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" today. This was a very absurd but often hilarious film. There were a ton of cameos. The whole thing felt like a nice continuation from the first film, so if you enjoyed Anchorman, I think you'll enjoy Anchorman 2.

The plot begins with Ron Burgundy and Veronica Corningstone married with a child. They're anchoring the news together but one of the big news anchors on prime time decides to retire and gives his position to Veronica, firing Ron at the same time. Ron can't handle it and decides to leave the family. After a period working at Sea World, he returns to network television for an upcoming network called GNN (Global News Network), a 24 hour news station. With this job, he gets his old news gang back together, moves to New York, and wants to patch things up with his wife but she's moved on and has taken a new lover. There's a big ratings war. Ron wagers a bet with one of the lead anchors, Jack Lime, to prove he's not just small time and the rest of the film showcases the changing nature of news broadcasts from topics people "need to know" to topics they "want to hear," like how great America is, car chases, and random cute animals.

The tons of cameos came in a street fight scene between the various news anchors. There was Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as Entertainment News anchors. Kanye West was from MTV. Jim Carey was from the canadian news network. Will Smith was from ESPN. There were so many more but that was the point of the scene, to show how over-saturated the market had become.

One of the more strange moments of the film included Ron nursing a shark back to health as if it were some baby/Free Willy. It wasn't really relevant to the plot, other than leading to the outrageous moment where Baxter (Ron's dog) could come in and save the day again (as he did in the first film).

The racist scene was funny, as was the kitten photography scene. I have to say that Brick was not all that funny. He even verged on being a bit annoying. He was too one-dimensional, as was Champ. But then, I didn't like those characters all that much from the first film either.

It's an over-the-top movie. I had a lot of fun watching it. It's as good as the first film. In fact, I think I enjoyed the first film a smidge more than this sequel, but this one was still entertaining. And even if you haven't seen the first film, it's a simple enough plot to just enjoy the sequel on its' own, too. The absurdity and the jokes are what it's all about.

Oh, and none of the previews/trailers that were attached to this film looked all that interesting.
Stay classy, San Diego.

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