Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is a review-proof movie. The promotion for this film has been non-stop for months. Many tickets will be sold on opening weekend, no matter whether A2: TLC gets thumbs up or thumbs down from critics.
The current status of the 2004 release Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy as a highly quotable cult favorite has added to the anticipation.
Now the new movie is here. And the gang from the 2004 Anchorman is back. Along with Burgundy, the news team members are Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) and Champ Kind (David Koechner). Also returning is newswoman Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), who is now (tiny spoiler) Mrs. Burgundy.
This time the news team is moving from San Diego to New York to join a CNN type operation. Upon arrival, they’re told that they’ll be working the 2:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. shift. Burgundy deviates from the prompter copy and, despite the poor time slot, ends up making the show and himself a huge hit.
Burgundy’s rival at the network is anchorman Jack Lime (James Marsden) whose ego and vanity rival Ron’s. News director is Linda Jackson (Meagan Good), an African American, whose relationship with Ron leads to an uncomfortable but funny visit with her relatives.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues has some hilarious bits and some that fall flat. But credit Ferrell and his co-writer and the movie’s director Adam McKay with keeping stuff coming non-stop. While some of the humor is low, much of it is clever.
If you’ve seen the film’s trailers, you’ve already seen some of its funny stuff. You’ve also seen at least one scene (involving a gay character) that was in trailers, but didn’t make the final cut.
You did not see the film’s many great cameos, which I will not list… so you can be surprised! (Will other reviewers show such restraint? I hope so.) Many of the cameos happen during a classic scene that occurs when Burgundy is on his way to his son’s piano recital. (Again, I won’t spill the beans describing the scene.)
This funny sequel does not surpass the original, but comes darn close. A2: TLC is a worthy successor to A: TLORB. Stay silly, Ron Burgundy!