Movies: Ron Burgundy stays classy in Anchorman 2 ........
Ron Burgundy stays classy in Anchorman 2, Caris Bizzaca
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.