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“Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” – Review (POSITIVE)

December 20, 2013

Screen shot 2013-12-20 at 11.46.04 AMSo, yeah, “Anchorman 2” is finally released, it’s kind of a big deal for die hard fans. And to my utter surprise, the movie delivers the goods. Sure, it’s not as quotable as the original film, although I’m sure I’ll be seeing t-shirts for , ‘He’s a were-hyena!’ very soon.

The problem most comedy sequels face is the fact that they never really live up to the original success, whether it’s in the story department, the often re-casting, or simply the recycled comedy element. Lets face it, story isn’t really important with this particular film, although it does manage to bring ‘something to light in such an utter mad house of silliness.

Our beloved Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) facing a new change in his life, after losing the biggest NY News job to his wife Veronica (Christina Applegate), Ron sinks low, low enough where he sexually abuses a star fish at Sea World (yeah). However, chance makes its way to Ron when offer from Global News Network, the first 24 hour news station wants Ron and his original San Diego news team.  Ron, Brick (Steve Carell), Bryan (Paul Rudd), & Champ (David Kochener) take the country by storm, and find a way to reinvent the way we watch news…forever.

While the original pokes fun at gender mixing news anchoring, the sequel manages to show us the radical change in news all in itself; the fall of cable news and the rise of global news. Something many in the early 80s weren’t ready for nor even believed could work. GNN plays out as the cousin of todays CNN, and manages to show us the world of global news in a way you’d never imagine. Car chases, whammy home runs, killer winds, and smoking crack on camera…ok I need to stop spoiling the movie.

Given the array of lousy comedy sequels in the past, many feared that a long awaited sequel to the cult hit “Anchorman” wouldn’t turn out to the best of it’s ability, well, fret not (completely). The fact of the matter is “The Legend Continues”, manages to continue to the legend the way we remember it, paying homage to classic riffs without coming off as a lame rip-off, and finds ways to add new bits that pertain more to the physical comedy, rather than the memorable one-liners. I will say this, (minor spoiler) the epic return of the biggest and greatest newsman fight is out of this world, and will be the best highlight to the film.

Ferrell and company walk proud in their beloved roles and certainly don’t beat around the bush. Like many Apatow produced productions the comedy does tend to over stay it’s welcome with the unnecessary runtime, clocking in roundabout 2 hours, so their are a few flat/dry spells sprinkled here and there, but if you hang in there, the pay-off is so sweet and epic, you’ll won’t have any idea how to handle it.

GRADE: B+

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