AN­CHOR­MAN 2: THE LEG­END CON­TIN­UES

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Will Fer­rell, Christina Ap­ple­gate, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koech­ner

Adam McKay (

Stars:

Di­rec­tor:

’ 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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