Thursday, May 14, 2015

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

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Review)
United States/2013
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: Yes

"I smiled, I chuckled, I even laughed out loud a handful of times."

Upon being fired and bested by his wife, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) abandons his family to return to San Diego and work at SeaWorld...

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues continues to follow Burgundy as he's approached with a new opportunity. Burgundy is offered a role in the Global News Network, which plans to show news 24/7. Burgundy accepts and he sets out to get the old crew back together. Champ Kind (David Koechner), Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), and Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) join Burgundy in their newfound home. In order to stay competitive, Burgundy revolutionizes news broadcasting with every step — like being the first to cover live car chases or cute animals. The film leads to a hilarious climax and decent ending.

I enjoyed Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. The film has plenty of quips, gags, references, and jokes. I smiled, I chuckled, I even laughed out loud a handful of times. The final battle between the rivaling news stations was more over-the-top than the previous, but it was hilarious. There are a couple of offensive jokes tossed in here, but they were all in good fun. The film, however, tried a bit too hard to be funny. By that I mean, there's a quip in practically every line of dialogue. With so many attempts at being funny, some of the jokes are bound to fall flat — and they do. In fact, some of these gags even became irritable after a while since they either weren't funny or they dragged for far too long — or both. The film is also a bit lengthy for what it offers. Generally, though, I had a good time and I felt the good outweighed the bad.

The gang is back and their performances are as lively and humorous as ever. Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd are hilarious. David Koechner is great, but he gets very little screen time. Steve Carell has a few irritable scenes here, but he also conjures some great laughs. I loved the cameos, especially Jim Carrey and Harrison Ford. The film is shot well and it has a lively 70s soundtrack. The costumes are great, too. Writer and director Adam McKay, assisted in writing by Will Ferrell, delivers a fun and energetic comedy. The film does feel bloated, though. Although most of the film is funny, some of the jokes fall flat either due to the writing or the fact that they are dragged and overused, as well.

Overall, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is a good comedy. It may not be as good as the original, but it's certainly a good time. The few dud jokes and the bloated runtime make the film a little difficult to get through, but there are some comedic gems in here. The climax alone was worth trudging through some of the dull moments. Go in with an open-mind and lower expectations than the original, and I think you'll have a good time.

Score: 6/10
Parental Guide: Some violence and blood, a brief sex scene.

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