Ron Burgundy (Will Farrell) returns after a nearly 10 year break in
"Anchorman: The Legend Continues”. The first film was never a classic and
wasn't even much of a hit at the time. For some unknown reason time has
been kind to the film as it's picked up a bit of a cult following.
Burgundy as you will no doubt remember is the sexist racist newsreader who
was the anchorman for a local news station. In the sequel it's now the 80's
and Burgundy has been fired by the network boss (Harrison Ford) while his
wife Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) has been promoted .Unable
to cope with this Ron heads back to San Diego where he makes announcements
at an aquatic park. There a rep approaches him from “GNN”,a pioneering
24-hour news channel with a prime offer to become the stations anchorman.
Ron then gets the band back together, finding Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd)
working as a cat photographer, as he likes to say "I photograph pussy" and
Champ Kind David Koechner)selling fried bat at his fast food restaurant.
Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) who they think is dead eventually, to the
surprise of no one, and that includes the audience, turns up alive.
At GNN, Ron Burgundy finds a new nemesis in Jack Lime (James Marsden), a
pretty boy newsman who holds the primetime slot, and a new love interest in
Linda Jackson (Meagan Good) – his boss. Burgundy wants revenge, and so he
sets out to beat Lime (and Corningstone) in the ratings by showing people
what they want to see instead of telling them what they need to hear.
As I was watching the film the first thought that went through my head was
this film is nuts.The film runs for 119 mins and it certainly feels every
minute of it. Where the first film was compact and tight Anchorman 2 takes
a more is better approach, unfortunately most of the jokes fall flat and
the sequence where Ron is injured in an accident and befriends a shark ( I
told you that it was nuts) stretches the audiences patience to the limit.
Even the obligatory fight scene involving various news teams and the most
cameos ever seen in the one film feels tagged on.
"Anchorman: The Legend Continues" will most likely appeal to teens who
might find the infantile humour funny. For the rest of us, if you want to
see Ron at his best, stick on the DVD of Anchorman.