Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

WRITTEN BY: Adam McKay, Will Ferrell
DIRECTED BY: Adam McKay
STARRING: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, James Marsden, Kristen Wiig, Josh Lawson
RATING: 3 stars
 
I've never really been a big fan of Will Ferrell's humour, but for those who enjoy his absurdity and loved the original Anchorman film, there is plenty of fun to be had with the sequel. The original cast returns for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, as well as some new faces to keep it fresh. The film is self-indulgent at times, and about 20 minutes too long, but you will laugh out loud a lot.
 
San Diego's famed newsman Ron Burgundy (Ferrell) is sharing the news desk with his wife Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) when she is promoted and he is fired. But Ron is soon lured to a new job at the Global News Network (GNN) in New York, run by Australian millionaire Kench Allenby (Josh Lawson), who also owns Koala Airlines. The network wants to have news running 24/7, so Ron gathers his old team including weather man Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), reporter Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and sports anchor Champ Kind (David Koechner). His biggest rival at the station is arrogant Jack Lime (James Marsden). There are also some bizarre subplots involving Ron's son, a shark and a relationship with GNN producer Linda Jackson (Meagan Good) involving a lot of racist jokes that work without being too offensive.
 
The film is almost worth seeing just for the long list of cameos. I won't spoil any of them suffice to say there is a climactic battle scene with several big names in comedy and drama. Ferrell seems to relish playing Ron and he has a lot of fun with the character, including a memorable ice skating scene with a flute. Carell's laugh is contagious and his awkward relationship with Chani, played by the hilarious Kriten Wiig is brilliant. Marsden and Lawson are both welcome additions to the cast, while the remaining original cast are reliably funny.
 
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is silly fun for the festive season.
 
 

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