Sorry this took so long, but I’ve been just been in a writing slump. Although I have seen a couple of good movies in that time. This is one of them.
So, Brent and I went and seen Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues a while back. All I can say in a short note is that is a nice refreshing sense of humor. The thing I like about these movies, is that Will Ferrell takes his time and writes a brilliant story with fleshed out satirical characters. They represent a side of news anchors that we rarely see, unless you work at a TV station, then you’d know. In this case, Anchorman 2 takes what was great about the last movie, and while we do get a small parallel of the basic arc of Ron Burgundy from the last movie.
This one brings really good humor that brings subtlety back. While also giving us an interesting look at how News changed from being the boring, factual news that we needed to the sensationalized news about what those that watch the news want to see. It also gives a nice parallel to CNN in the regards of the movie bringing up a 24 hour news channel. Which in the time the movie takes place, didn’t exist yet.
The humor in the movie, being at the core of what the movie is, is spot on. We have excellent delivery and well thought out material that is genuinely funny. While also giving us Ferrell’s usual flair for the absolutely insane. Especially in the battle scene, which yes they brought back from the previous movie. Although this time, we have more news anchors that are national level.
I enjoyed the huge cameos in this scene. Liam Neeson as the History network host, Will Smith as the ESPN news anchor, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as the Entertainment News Anchors, Jim Carrey as the Canadian news Anchor, Kirsten Dunst as this goddess that kind of sanctions the fight and then Harrison Ford as the retiring anchor who decides to come out during an odd Full Moon (during the day), to turn into a werewolf. Then there’s John C. Reilly, fighting with the History network crew as the ghost of Stonewall Jackson.
I’m not kidding, that’s in there, haha. The only cameo that I didn’t find as funny was Kanye West as the MTV host. As they could’ve brought someone in that was known for being on MTV at that time, and it would’ve been funnier. There is also another cameo in this scene, but its kind of a key plot point, so I won’t mention who it is. We do have the return of previous cast members from the first movie, like Christina Applegate, as Ron’s wife, along with Ron’s news team. I didn’t know how Steve Carell could’ve topped his character Brick in the last movie, but he did. I just about died laughing in some of the sequences with him.
The plot of the movie is pretty well thought out, even though it does use a couple of the points from the previous movie. It just uses them in a much better way, and it doesn’t take itself too seriously, especially with some of the odd sequences that normally you wouldn’t see in real life. I consider it one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a long time. I highly recommend people see it. It’s just that funny.