Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues – Review

An Instant “Classyc”

Thanks to Paramount Pictures Australia, we had the chance to see Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues before its national Australian release. This is our review of the film, but – as usual – no matter what we say, we recommend that you still go to your local cinema and see the film because there is no better critic than yourself!

anchorman-2-image1Directed by comedy genius, Adam Mckay, and produced by Judd ApatowAnchorman 2 finds the beloved news team years after the events of the first film, with Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) now married to Veronica (Christina Applegate) and a dad to 6-year-old Walter (Judah Nelson).

Ron and Veronica are co-workers and co-hosts at the Channel 9 news team. The couple splits after a major blow to Ron’s ego: he is fired by his boss and idol Mack Harken (Harrison Ford),  while Veronica is offered a prime-time news spot.

anchorman-2-image2Time passes, and Ron, now a broken alcoholic who has been bouncing between jobs, is offered a second chance, by way of an offer to join the first ever 24 hour news channel in New York. This is reason enough to get his gang including Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Brick (Steve Carell) and Champ (David Koechner) back together again to conquer the Big Apple, and, as a bonus, defeat his ex-wife’s ratings.

Irrespective of the number of comedies released over the years, there remain two burning questions: When will Anchorman 2 be made?; and, if it happens, how can a sequel to such an iconic cult classic avoid failing? Well, thanks to Ron’s moustache, and to director, Adam Mckay (who was at the helm of the first movie as well), it worked out. They brought the gang back and trumped their initial success. Anchorman 2 is everything fans would expect: hilarious jokes, awkward moments, nostalgia, romance (well, kind of), celebrity cameos, fights, and, of course, the news channel team in all their glory!

anchorman-2-image3The film is so clever, and the script is perfectly adapted, with all the action still happening back in the 70’s. New characters are also introduced, including Australian entrepreneur, Kotch (Josh Lawson), anchorman egomaniac diva, Jack Lime (James Marsden), Brick’s love interest Chani (Kristen Wiig) and Ron’s new ‘black…black…’ love interest, Linda (Meagan Good), just to name some. And each does an impeccable job, especially Aussie Josh Lawson, who deliberately exaggerates his best Aussie characterisation in a ‘gringo’ environment, with a character that feels like an hilarious mix of Sir Richard Branson and Paul Hogan.

In addition, Baxter, the beloved dog is also back. However, this time another ‘pet’ steals the spotlight and will make you laugh, especially because that pet is a Shark.

Expect new songs from the gang, expect new jokes, and also expect the funniest battle ever fought in comedy history thanks to Ron and his mates!

Enjoy it and “Have an American…Australian Day”

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues opens in cinemas 12 December, 2013 and it’s an absolute must watch!