Big hair, bold suits and a bit of news thrown in!
Yes Ron Burgundy and his news boys are back in Anchorman 2 The Legend Continues. The project reunites Will Ferrell, Steve Carrell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner and Christina Applegate as news broadcasters of 1970’s America. As well as the return of the cast the film again sees Adam Mckay as director with himself and Ferrell providing the story. With the same formula as the successful original can this film truly continue the quote along legend of the first?
In terms of story, it follows in the same format as the first film. Its a comedy look at the news with an underlining of satire. Burgundy and his team aim to make the news more entertaining and thus alter the content. This new format proves a hit but is this how news should be presented?
With just as random and convoluted plot as the first it can lose you at times. The main reasons the jagged plot falls short here are the films long running time and the fact that its just not very funny.
The film, despite having a few good jokes, can’t maintain its humour. This is most disappointing when you consider the level of comedy talent on screen. The film relied heavily on improvisation from its players but sadly its produced only moderate laughs.
The film also exhausts its two hour running time. The finale twenty minutes are drawn out and lag. Instead of a coherent plot its feels as though the writers have added random plot changes in the hope of cramming in more jokes. The effect is dull and uninteresting finale.
One thing that you have to give the film credit for is that underneath all the hair and suits the film is suggesting that the news has become sensationalist. Broadcasters are more interested in showing flashy images than news of real human interest. It does have a real satirical undertone if its not fully explored in the film.
Despite the films drawbacks its saving grace is its cast. The main four work well together and clearly enjoy being on screen.
Will Ferrell still delivers a charismatic and inappropriate Ron Burgundy. From his impressive facial hair to disastrous news broadcasts he does the best with the lack-lustre script.
Steve Carrell is a tremendously talented actor whether in comedy of dramatic territory. Although his portrayal of Brick is endearing his random character feels under developed. Even with Carrell on board the material still lags.
Paul Rudd is on great form as Brian. He plays the role of the ladies man with humour and charm making the audience love him.
David Koechner as Champ is the most understated of the four. Always in the background and ready to offer his barmy point of view to any situation.
For fans of the original much of the same if not as quotable. Worth a viewing but it pales in comparison to the original. A few good gags and some interesting cameos. For those that are new the sheer randomness may be too much to bare.