People have said that Ron Burgundy would never have another movie following his antics. However, like many other greats, he has returned.
Anchorman 2 tells the continued tale of legendary news anchor Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) after his stint in the 70s in San Diego. Ron starts as a co-anchor with his now wife Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) on a famous news network in classy New York City. After one of their broadcasts, Veronica is promoted to the primetime slot while Ron is subsequently fired for being incompetent. After trying other small jobs, he is given the opportunity to be an anchor for, the first ever, 24-hour news network GNN. He then goes around finding the original members of his news team Champ Kind (David Koechner), Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) to start the new journey with a new network.
I was personally both very excited and very scared for the release of this movie. I was a big fan of the original Anchorman but I was scared to see if the second one would improve the Anchorman name, or if it would tarnish it. Thankfully, I was not disappointed by the sequel. There are a ton of hilarious moments and even more tremendous one-liners that will stick. As for timeline purposes, it seemed to be a great transition from the first movie. You could have put the two movies together and it still would have made a lot of sense.
The fight scene in the movie was something that I was really looking forward to. That scene was one of my favorites in the original movie so I was very excited for the fight scene in the new movie. I was not disappointed. With a large amount of cameos including Will Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Harrison Ford, John C. Reilly and many more. This scene was probably one of the funniest scenes I have seen in years.
While this is a great movie, it does have its flaws. One of the big flaws it has is that it seems to focus too much on Ron Burgundy’s character. I wish it gave more story and screen time to other characters so it wouldn’t be all about Ron and his story progression. There is a smaller story with Brick finding a lady but it was the only real deviation away from Ron. Another flaw is that it doesn’t compare too well with the original movie. While this is good, the original was so much better in almost every aspect including one-liners, character story and in overall comedy.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues was a great movie that really exceeded my expectations. As a sequel to a great movie, it really held up well. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and can’t wait to buy it on DVD.