It seems that not so long ago the world was introduced to the world’s greatest anchorman: Ron Burgundy. The Anchorman movie developed a cult following after its somewhat underwhelming 2004 release; since then, movie fans have been clamoring for a reboot of this great movie. Now, in 2013, we’re going round two of what truly is the Legend of Ron Burgundy. There is a history of comedy sequels of this calibre flopping despite their highly anticipated premieres. Examples that come to mind include Ghostbusters 2, Caddy Shack 2, and Revenge of the Nerds 2. This, however, is not one of those movies.
Will Ferrell reprises his role as Ron Burgundy, and other main cast members like Paul Rudd (as Brian Fantana), Steve Carell (Brick Tamland), David Koechner (Champ Kind), Christina Applegate (Veronica Corningstone), and Baxter the dog have also made their highly anticipated return to the highly anticipated sequel.
We continue the legend of Ron Burgundy on a high note. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is set a few years after the events of the original film, where the news team that we grew to know and love has gone their separate ways. Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) and Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) are now anchoring together at a major news network in New York. Together, as husband and wife, they run the weekend anchor job and have a son, Walter Burgundy (Judah Nelson).
Ron and Veronica are summoned to a meeting with legendary Anchorman and primetime reporter Mack Harken (Harrison Ford) to determine who will take his position as lead anchor for primetime. When Mack makes his decision, it causes Ron to force an ultimatum on Veronica to turn down the job or separate from their once-happy life together. Ron seemingly abandons his life and opts to move back to where it all began – San Diego.
Being down on his luck, Ron finds himself lonely and depressed, reminiscing over the life and the love he just threw away. After he reaches rock bottom, he’s approached by a man offering him a job – as an Anchorman. Ron is now tasked with finding and reuniting his old news team and bringing them to New York to anchor what is to be the first 24-hour all-news network. The news team is scattered in new careers outside of the news, but Ron must gather them all together if he wants to be a success.
The soundtrack blends in very well with the setting of the movie – 1980’s New York. There are a lot of background instrumentals that don’t really differ from the feel of the first Anchorman. All of the costumes were great – they really captured the sense of what it was like to be a News Anchor in the 1980’s, with over-the-top classic suits that pop and hair styles to match. The music, costumes, and scenery blend so well together you practically feel like you’re in the 80’s, which is fantastic.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is a laugh-a-minute movie. With more than just comedy, there are strong displays of love, friendship, and downright insanity. There are tons of cameos from celebrities across the board in this film, including cameos from John C. Reilly, Kirsten Dunst, Kristen Wiig, Vince Vaughn, Tina Fey, Amy Pholer, and countless others, each taking on unique and hilarious characters throughout the course of the film.
The major concern for this movie was: will it hold up and be as good as the first movie? That I can’t say for sure, but I can tell you that this movie provided me with everything I expected and more. At times the jokes felt forced or repetitive, but it certainly made up for it with some creative and interesting new gags and plot twists that kept the audience engaged. The movie goes to extremes for the sake of the story, and I loved every minute of it. This movie certainly holds its own as a sequel, but only time will tell if it will become as successful as its predecessor.
All in all, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is exactly what you expect it to be and more. Get to the theatres today!
This review is based on a theatre screening of Anchroman 2: The Legend Continues.