ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES
Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner
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’ M going to do the thing that God put Ron Burgundy on this Earth to do: have salonquality hair and read the news.” That’s right, comedy fans, the sequel you have been wanting for almost a decade is fi nally here.
Ron Burgundy is back in the big- screen buffoonery business.
Has it been worth the wait for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues? Yeah, pretty much so.
Bearing in mind the original Anchorman mined a rich vein of surrealist humour that saw it become a genuine modern classic, this solid follow- up does not let the side down.
Yes, that winning formula is repeated rather than revitalised. Nevertheless, there are enough big, bizarre laughs on offer to justify jumping on the Burgundy bandwagon a second time.
The fi rst act of The Legend Continues is all about re- erecting scaffolding and renewing acquaintances.
As we begin, Ron Burgundy ( Will Ferrell) and Veronica Corningstone ( Christina Applegate) are the best married newsreading team in the business.
Then Veronica is given a solo slot on a national network, Ron is given the sack and that marriage is given the heave- ho.
It is the dawn of the 1980s and a historymaking 24- hour news channel is about to launch. Does Ron want in?
No need to answer to that. One ridiculous road trip later, Team Burgundy is back in full force.
Which means investigative reporter Brian Fantana ( Paul Rudd) must sacrifi ce his lucrative new posting as a cat photographer.
Sportscaster Champ Kind ( David Koechner) has to give up a fast- food franchise where fried bats are passed off as fried chicken.
And dim weatherman Brick Tamland ( Steve Carell) must bounce back from his recent death.
Once in front of the cameras at the new GNN channel, Ron sets about reinventing American news with a radical mix of stories and segments never before seen by the public. Burgundy and his team are also arrested for smoking crack cocaine at the news desk.
Though true spontaneity is not always the strong suit of Anchorman 2 – the improvised anarchy of the original surfaces only briefl y – there is a relentless pursuit of stupidity for stupidity’s sake that is simply a pleasure to witness.
Ron goes blind. Ron raises a killer shark from birth. Ron pays for perms for everyone. Ron thinks psychiatrists are psychics.
You get the picture. And you will get the jokes, of which there are literally hundreds ( which explains the marathon two- hour running time). About Time Adoration Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues America Hustle Captain Phillips Carrie Counselor Delivery Man Ender’s Game Frozen Gravity Night Train To Lisbon One Chance Rush Hunger Games: Catching Fire Thor: The Dark World
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