Rated: PG-13, 119 mins
Director: Adam McKay
Starring: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carrell, David Koechner
Nearly nine years after the cult hit Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy was released, Will Ferrell offers this hotly anticipated follow-up, which for me, fell slightly flat.
We see Ron (Will Ferrell) and Veronica (Christina Applegate) happily married with their son working as anchors together in New York. After Veronica is offered the job of prime time news and Ron is not, the marriage disintegrates along with Ron’s career. He’s eventually picked up by a new 24 hour news service and he re-groups the San Diego team to tackle a new challenge.
There are the highs and lows expected, with Ron eventually becoming blind in a serious ice skating accident whereby he goes to live in a lighthouse. Here he rekindles his marriage with Christina and also raises a baby shark discovered by his son in the bay. No, I’m not making this up.
After regaining his sight through an operation, the adventure continues and his inner dilemma between chasing his career and being there for his son dictates the rest of the film. The sequel honours the first by not forgetting the famed anchorman fight with celebrity cameos to die for including Kanye West, Will Smith, Kirsten Dunst, Harrison Ford, Marion Cotillard and the unstoppable duo Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
For the fans the classic Anchorman lines were there along with the fight and the celebrity appearances but the silliness was hiked up to the max. It felt a little bit like a film made from someone who wants to be ‘down with the kids’ so googled things that were popular on the internet, like cats and sharks, and wove them into the film. In short, it’s a film that feels like it was made to be dissected into memes and gifs for internet popularity. The first film has become very popular in internet trends, but this was more organically so.
That’s not to say there weren’t funny elements to the film- Steve Carell was still faultless as his brilliant character Brick. The inclusion of a love interest for him in Kristen Wigg was also perfectly placed.
However, for me, as a whole this sequel doesn’t match up to the first film. Whilst the previous instalment is delightfully random, this took it to an extra level where some of the laughs felt uncomfortable and a little cringe worthy. A disappointment, but it seems to still have tickled some of the very loyal fans. Don’t rush to the cinema, I’d wait for the DVD.