Movies: Ron Bur­gundy stays classy in An­chor­man 2 ........

Ron Bur­gundy stays classy in An­chor­man 2, Caris Biz­zaca

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FANS can breathe a sigh of relief: Ron Bur­gundy and the Chan­nel 4 News Team are as classy as ever in An­chor­man 2: The Leg­end Con­tin­ues.

There was some doubt whether it could pos­si­bly live up to the first film, which be­came a cult clas­sic fol­low­ing its 2004 re­lease and is one of the most quotable movies in re­cent his­tory.

On top of that was the hype that had been build­ing since Will Fer­rell’s al­ter ego Ron Bur­gundy ap­peared with his per­fectly coiffed hair, epic mous­tache and jazz flute on Co­nan O’Brien’s US chat show last year to an­nounce the se­quel.

It was a happy sur­prise to find the se­quel was as in­sane, ou­tra­geous and jam-packed with one-liners.

It’s hard to tell whether it will reach the sta­tus of the orig­i­nal, but it makes a good at­tempt. The hu­mour is so dense that, as in the first An­chor­man, you feel a sec­ond (or third, or fourth) view­ing is nec­es­sary and ev­ery time you watch it, new jokes jump out.

An­chor­man 2 shifts from San Diego in the 1970s to New York in the ’80s, where Bur­gundy finds him­self work­ing for a net­work with an ex­cit­ing new prospect – 24-hour news cov­er­age. The old gang is re­united, thank­fully. Christina Ap­ple­gate re­turns as Ron’s lady love, Veron­ica Corn­ing­stone, David Koech­ner comes back as sports reporter Champ ‘‘Whammy’’ Kind, Paul Rudd has a sim­i­lar sex pan­ther colognestyle riff as ‘‘reporter in the field’’ Brian Fan­tana, and Steve Carell has you laugh­ing again as IQchal­lenged weath­er­man Brick ‘‘I love lamp’’ Tam­land.

Fer­rell and di­rec­tor Adam McKay, who co-wrote both films, have amped up the part of Brick, giv­ing him a love story with the equally dimwit­ted Chani (played by Brides­maids star Kris­ten Wiig).

Ron’s faith­ful pup Bax­ter is still around, as are some new faces. Aside from the many cameos that pep­per the film, Josh Law­son ap­pears as a ruth­less Aus­tralian me­dia mogul, while Mea­gan Good stars as Ron’s boss, who’s not only fe­male, but African Amer­i­can, open­ing the door to an end­less amount of po­lit­i­cally in­cor­rect hu­mour.

It’s been a long time be­tween drinks, but An­chor­man 2: The Leg­end Con­tin­ues shows the nine-year wait was worth­while. Fer­rell, McKay and the cast should pat them­selves on the back for cre­at­ing a laugh-a-minute se­quel that meets the high bar set by fans.

An­chor­man 2: The Leg­end Con­tin­ues opens on De­cem­ber 19.

Paul Rudd and Will Fer­rell in a scene from

An­chor­man 2: The Leg­end Con­tin­ues.

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