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Anchorman: The Legend Continues (2013)

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Anchorman: The Legend Continues (2013)

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A disjointed train wreck

There's no nice way of saying it. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is a fucking train wreck. It's disjointed, illogical even for a zany comedy, and largely unfunny. Plus it's at least a half hour too long. The only reason to keep watching instead of turning it off, is so that you assimilate its gags and never have to watch it again.

Set in the 1980s, Anchorman 2 picks up in New York City, where Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) has settled down with Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate). They have a seven-year-old son and read the news together, until Ron gets canned. After some time down on his luck, he is offered a job at GNN a fledgling 24-hour news network. So Ron tracks down his buds Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Champ Kind (David Koechner), and Brick Tamlin (Steve Carell) to reassemble his news team. Can he help GNN rise to the top, regain his reputation, and win back Veronica?

The first Anchorman film could be ridiculous and chaotic, but there was a...(more)

There's no nice way of saying it. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is a fucking train wreck. It's disjointed, illogical even for a zany comedy, and largely unfunny. Plus it's at least a half hour too long. The only reason to keep watching instead of turning it off, is so that you assimilate its gags and never have to watch it again.

Set in the 1980s, Anchorman 2 picks up in New York City, where Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) has settled down with Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate). They have a seven-year-old son and read the news together, until Ron gets canned. After some time down on his luck, he is offered a job at GNN a fledgling 24-hour news network. So Ron tracks down his buds Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Champ Kind (David Koechner), and Brick Tamlin (Steve Carell) to reassemble his news team. Can he help GNN rise to the top, regain his reputation, and win back Veronica?

The first Anchorman film could be ridiculous and chaotic, but there was always order to its chaos. Everything flowed together in a way that felt cohesive from a narrative perspective. However it doesn't work that way in Anchorman 2.

The picture never establishes a steady rhythm or balance between manic situations and more serious plot lines to drive the story forward. There are subplots involving an office romance for Ron, a professional rivalry for him, a fissure with his buddies, and issues surrounding the relationship he has with his son. Additionally, there's a love interest for Brick too. As a result, things feel busy in a bad way.

Among these numerous subplots are several illogical elements like Ron's office romance with his boss (Meagan Good) a strong, independent African American woman who can't stand his racial ignorance and his unethical approach to journalism. Her aggressive pursuit of him just doesn't add up. Neither does his eventual expected reunion with Veronica which really comes out of nowhere. Then there's just outlandish stuff like him raising a shark that's equally nonsensical.

Most of Anchorman 2's humor misses the mark, going too far off the rails or clinging too long to a single gag. Brick's jokes are probably the worst, with Carell going over-the-top shouting and engaging in hammy behavior. The places where the movie elicits random chuckles either tied to anachronistic jabs or riffs on the first Anchorman. Like the first Anchorman picture, the best laughs comes from a news anchor rumble, jammed with fantastic cameos.

As truly abominable as Anchorman 2 is, there are actually two good things about it. One is the soundtrack, which is loaded with a superb mixture of period songs that play nicely off each other. The other is its serious commentary on the news industry. Co-writers Ferrell and Adam McKay denounce the modern media's increasing attempts to cover only the sensational stories people want to hear, instead of telling them what they need to hear. At the bare minimum you can listen to these sweet tunes and appreciate the industry criticism.

If you're looking to have fun with Ron Burgundy though, you're better off skipping Anchorman 2 in favor of its much shorter predecessor. You may know all the jokes in that flick, but at least they make sense and you know you'll dig them. (less)

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One of a funniest comedies of the year

Not quite a Borat, but despite all its silliness and formula one of a funniest comedies of the year. I still have to hold my stomach from laughing.
While the first one was only silly, the second one actually has something to say also, with interludes of absurd humor and satire on the "american way of life". Now I can understand why Ferrell was invited as star guest to the Viennale Film Festival, with Anchorman 2.

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Not funny and way too long! Even the newscaster fight seemed painfully unfunny. It started out okay, but fizzled out.

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Plot:

Little information about the plot was revealed in the film's teaser trailer. In an April 2012 interview, director Adam McKay said the script was a work in progress. He stated that the story might include a custody battle and bowling. In a May 2012 interview, he was quoted as saying that nothing was set. The story is moved from San Diego to New York for the movie.[citation needed] It has also been confirmed that Kristen Wiig will play Brick's wife.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2013-12-19 : New Zealand

Theatrical : 2013-12-20 : United Kingdom

Theatrical : 2013-12-20 : United States of America

Theatrical : 2014-01-23 : Germany

Theatrical : 2014-02-13 : Netherlands

Theatrical : 2014-02-28 : Norway

Theatrical : 2014-02-28 : Sweden

Theatrical : 2014-04-17 : Argentina

Theatrical : 2013-12-18 : United States of America

Theatrical : 2013-12-18 : United Kingdom

Theatrical : 2014-01-30 : Germany

Theatrical : 2013-12-20 : Sweden