Let me start with this. I didn’t initially like the first Anchorman. I don’t think I was ready for what was about to happen, so it all kind of took me by surprise. This time around, I knew what to expect. Did this sequel manage to live up to the hype? Or did it flounder?
Will Ferrell returns as legendary San Diego news reporter Ron Burgundy. Rounding out his team is Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, and David Koechner. It’s crazy that when the first Anchorman was released, both Paul Rudd and Steve Carell weren’t household names. The Office hadn’t even begun airing yet. They’re back, alongside Burgundy’s wife played by Christina Applegate. The movie begins and things aren’t looking great for Burgundy but he gets offered a job at the world’s first 24-hour news channel. However, he’s set at the graveyard shift and must compete with the new big thing, played by James Marsden.
People will want to know first and foremost, is this a funny movie? Does it live up to the original?
Yes. I was laughing nonstop. Is it stupid? Yes. It’s ridiculously stupid. It isn’t set in a realistic world so you can’t expect the rules of reality to come into play, much like the original. There are a few moments that were a little over the top, but on the whole… it was hilarious.
Ferrell does exactly what he should be doing but it’s Steve Carell that I found to be the heart of the movie. For all the times that his character Brick is just strange, he balances it with moments of innocence, as he finds a potential romance with Kristin Wiig’s character. In these moments, this might be one of Carell’s best comedic performances, as it’s layered with real and complicated thoughts. I appreciated that.
In terms of story, there are actually some moments that reflect smartly on our current news setup and how we’re obsessed with what we want to hear not what we need to hear. These moments gave the story an unexpected depth.
Also, there are like 20 actors and actresses that you would not expect to be in this, in a huge and epic battle (similar to the fight scene from the first Anchorman). I couldn’t even keep up with the cameos!
What doesn’t work?
While Farrell and Carell get decent stories, Rudd and Koechner don’t really get much to do. I wish Rudd had more substance but I’m okay with Koechner getting the short end of the stick here, as I’ve never really been a fan.
And like I said in the intro, there are sections that are just so out of the realm of reality that it might make you literally say “What is happening?” I know I did a few times. But if you go in expecting something absurd and ridiculous, you can likely enjoy Anchorman 2 for what it is.
This movie is ridiculous. Ferrell is more over-the-top than he’s ever been. Steve Carell gets a substantial side story but Paul Rudd and David Koechner get sidelined most of the time. The story makes you think in some instances but in the next moment gives you something absolutely absurd and the balance might not appeal to all viewers. If you want to laugh and you don’t mind suspending your disbelief, you should have a good time here. If you’re not inclined to enjoy raunchy and/or ridiculous humor, you may find yourself looking for the exit.