Thursday, January 9, 2014

(Movie Review) Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

There really is nothing like receiving a visit from an old friend. Especially one that you haven’t seen in years. You start reliving all of the “good old days” and the fun that you once had together. While mulling over all of these past memories you usually fail to consider the fact that in the years since you last saw each other that things might have changed a good bit. Your sense of humor might have changed. Or you might just end up spending a few hours reliving the past and not really discovering anything new. Combine ALL of that together and that is how I felt about this movie. No new ground is broken with this movie and most of the jokes are pretty standard Ron Burgundy jokes,  but the cast and the audience seem to have no problem settling into the familiar territory and “catching up” with each other after Ron’s nine year sabbatical.

Storyline: After years of living with his wife and son in New York City, Ron (Ferrell) and Veronica (Applegate) are called into the office of the legendary Mack Tannen (Ford). Mack is retiring and must promote one of them to Nightly News Anchor. He promotes Veronica and ruthlessly fires Ron. Ron, hurt by the fact that he was fired and that his wife took the position, leaves Veronica and their son in New York to return to San Diego. After a few failed attempts at staying relevant he is asked to join a 24 hour news channel. Ron goes back to re-recruit his old new team and convince them to follow him back to New York City to take back what was stolen from Ron….the news. 

Worth the admission? While I am going to say “yes”, I have to warn you about the second half of the movie and its descent into madness. The first half of this movie is hilarious. But the second half of the film is pretty out there. The situation that Ron finds himself in seems like a weird direction for the writers to take. There were much funnier situations that they could have written for him.

Also, the inevitable “News Anchor Brawl” that takes place in this movie might be the single strangest thing I have ever watched. Not that it was bad, or even good for that matter, but just insane. The movie kind of goes off the rails a bit. But at the end of the day, it’s a funny movie with a great cast doing what they were born to do.

As a side note, I LOVE the message of this movie and the jab that it takes at those that sensationalize the news. The fact that the News Anchor Brawl is so bloated and crazy is because there are too many news channels involved because of the saturation of the market. I found that to be one of the best running jokes of the movie.  

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