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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Steve Carell
Paul Rudd
Will Ferrell.
Directors
Adam McKay.
Screenwriters
Will Ferrell.
Running Time
119 minutes

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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
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Plot
The mid-'80s: Ron Burgundy (Ferrell) and his wife Veronica Corningstone (Applegate) co-anchor the national news in New York. But when Veronica is promoted and Ron fired, they separate, reducing Ron to drunkenly insulting dolphins while compering at SeaWorld. Then Ron is offered an opportunity in a brave new venture: 24-hour, rolling news...


Review
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
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Anchorman was a happy accident. A bunch of funny guys in ’70s duds (and one not-very-funny guy in a cowboy hat) titting about in absurd, Saturday Night Live-style sketches for 90-odd minutes, its broad beads of comedy strung loosely on a smart plot about sexual equality in the workplace. The existence of an entire movie’s worth of cut material (Wake-Up Ron Burgundy) was proof of just how ‘throw it all and see what sticks during the edit’ director Adam McKay and co-writer/’tache-in-chief Will Ferrell’s process was. But, Zeus-dammit, it worked. Eventually. A mild initial reaction gradually built, over a decade, to a fevered cult. “I love lamp,” and so forth.

Ten years on, we’re now presented with the same creative team’s attempt to recreate that accident, like mad child-scientists throwing the exact same hair products and small mammal parts into the bubbling saucepan after their magical dinosaur-transmogrification potion ran out last Tuesday. Except, where last time they transformed Billy’s kid sister into a lean, screeching velociraptor, this batch results in a huffing mammoth.

Clocking close to two hours, The Legend Continues feels stretched, with one entire segment (involving a lighthouse and a shark named Doby) particularly screaming for deletion. This smacks of an over-confidence on the part of McKay and Ferrell — as does their overplaying of the Brick card. Steve Carell’s mentally challenged weatherman offered several of the first film’s highlights, but here his presence becomes uncomfortable, especially when paired romantically with Kristen Wiig’s disappointing she-Brick Chani.

Where Ron is (and remains) a hilariously pompous buffoon who can neither keep up with his environment nor filter his half-formed thoughts, with Brick it starts to feel like we’re being invited to laugh at the genuinely afflicted, especially as we watch the poor guy wrestling autistically with his welling emotions.

There is also a lot of gag retreading. This is, to some degree, understandable crowdpleasing, a recognition of the loyal repeat-watch audience. And the new take on the quickly escalating news-team battle is so flagrantly, nonsensically epic and big-cameo-slathered it could be generously read as a comment on the way sequels scramble so madly to deliver ‘bigger, better, more’. But at other times it feels like writer-room box-ticking: Autocue mishap… Brian’s secret man-cupboard… Baxter’s subtitles… an actual sex panther…

Fortunately, though, there are still considerable spurts of laughter, primarily when Ferrell/Ron is on screen and in the newsroom, unwittingly sparking a revolution in newscasting through his own obtuseness. Believe it or not, in amidst all the condom and fried-bat jokes, Anchorman 2 actually has a point to make: about the importance and value of good, investigative journalism and how the corporatisation of news is irreparably harming democracy. Stick that in your jazz flute and toot it, Rupert Murdoch! 


Verdict
Patchy and in need of a rigorous edit, but amid all the weeds there is some ripe comedy - satire, even - for the plucking.


Reviewed by Dan Jolin

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spot on review

The review nails it, but If the first one was 3 - stars (really?), then this has to be 2. Great moments, and I will probably rewatch it plenty...but I will also fast forward at least half of it.... the lighthouse, his son, the shark and anything with Brick - absolute crap. The need to include every one of the SNL mates is too much and actually annoying. More dolphin abuse and for longer next time please. ... More

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Posted by Samurai7 at 13:18, 25 March 2014 | Report This Post


So bad ...it's brilliant!!

I have to agree this film is shockingly bad, but I'm not sure if they intended this, but it's so bad it made me laugh out loud and that's a good thing in my book. The bits between Brick and his new girlfriend were so weird and downright awful, I'm now not sure if it's comedy genius lol ... More

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Posted by Azzurro06 at 23:21, 23 March 2014 | Report This Post


RE: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues...Continued

So - the extended/alternate cut of the film arrives at cinemas for one week. Basically the problems with it are pretty much the same as the first cut (it's too long (even longer than the first version), and too many bits that I would have thought it would have been hard for those involved in the making of this to find amusing, let alone a paying audience) But if you wanted a version with added song and dance numbers (unfortunately If I Was Gay For A Day is the only one of these that I c... More

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Posted by Indio at 23:21, 01 March 2014 | Report This Post


One of the most inept films ever

What the fuck was that? Serious, you could cut this movie in half. Literally, there is so much fluff and guff that you could cut out about an hour. Yes, ok, there are quite a few laughs. But there's just so much terrible stuff. Firstly, the plot is abysmal. The characters are atrocious, ALL the new ones suck, and the ones that were funny last time round now aren't. All the scenes about Brick are terrible. The only time he gets a funny line out (maybe two in the whole film?) is when he's seco... More

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Posted by tysmuse at 00:13, 08 January 2014 | Report This Post


Brick was entertaining, Brian Fantana had less screen time than Champ.. and to be honest I can't remember laughing out loud once. Load of balls ... More

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Posted by chris wootton at 14:55, 06 January 2014 | Report This Post


First film I've walked out of in years

Just terrible. Don't waste your time and money. When did just shouting inane rubbish become comedy? ... More

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Posted by Saintchas at 23:25, 30 December 2013 | Report This Post


If only the humour had been as clever as the satire

Not as funny or as clever as the first one with large chunks that could have been improved or cut out. Some nice comments on the sort of crap TV we now have to watch but the rest left much to be desired. ... More

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Posted by bretty at 18:27, 30 December 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

L: horribleives L: sanchia Give the subjective opinion of the reviewer maybe? That is all it is after all. hat's literally all I ever 'trust' a reviewer to do, yes. It's astounding that some people still expect a reviewer to have the same opinion as them and get all upset when they don't. Though long may it continue 'cos it gives the rest of us a laugh. made three attempts to counter jrewing's argument but in the end I'm just too tired to argue against such mor... More

Posted by MonsterCat at 01:53, 24 December 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

If you're in the market for undemanding laughs then Adam McKay's got something he'd like to sell you, but don't expect to fall in love with Ron Burgundy all over again. 'Anchorman 2' is frequently very funny, but occasionally lazy and feels sloppily assembled. And with the pedigree behind it, you know it's capable of better. I enjoyed it, yet I just can't think of many good things to say about it… ... More

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Posted by TheMightyBlackout at 00:24, 24 December 2013 | Report This Post


RE: TheBladeRunner

L: sanchia Give the subjective opinion of the reviewer maybe? That is all it is after all. hat's literally all I ever 'trust' a reviewer to do, yes. It's astounding that some people still expect a reviewer to have the same opinion as them and get all upset when they don't. Though long may it continue 'cos it gives the rest of us a laugh. ... More

Posted by horribleives at 00:08, 24 December 2013 | Report This Post


RE: TheBladeRunner

Give the subjective opinion of the reviewer maybe? That is all it is after all. ... More

Posted by sanchia at 18:54, 23 December 2013 | Report This Post


RE: TheBladeRunner

L: jrewing1000 Everyone knows Empire's star rating is absolute bollocks and e trusted. what happens when you run a commercial film magazine. Trust no-one. an't be trusted to do what? ... More

Posted by horribleives at 09:14, 23 December 2013 | Report This Post


RE: TheBladeRunner

I think empire have the review right with 3 stars out of 5 which gives it a 6/10. ... More

Posted by Willy Wood at 05:58, 23 December 2013 | Report This Post


RE: TheBladeRunner

L: sanchia So classing an average film which most people have stated is average or slightly better than average (personally I class it as average) as having an average 3 star rating makes the subjective star rating system as allocated by the reviewer bollock? ote] No. In this case they may have been more accurate. I'm generalising that Empire's star system has become worthless. My opinion dude. ... More

Posted by jrewing1000 at 23:12, 22 December 2013 | Report This Post


RE: TheBladeRunner

So classing an average film which most people have stated is average or slightly better than average (personally I class it as average) as having an average 3 star rating makes the subjective star rating system as allocated by the reviewer bollock? ... More

Posted by sanchia at 18:54, 22 December 2013 | Report This Post


RE: TheBladeRunner

Everyone knows Empire's star rating is absolute bollocks and can't be trusted. That's what happens when you run a commercial film magazine. Trust no-one. ... More

Posted by jrewing1000 at 16:26, 22 December 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Dont like lamp

What a pointless, clumsy film. Nowhere near as fresh and exciting a comedy as the original - this is box-ticking bollocks. Quite an accomplishment to screw up a film containing 4 hilarious characters. Problem, as ALWAYS, a really shit script. ... More

Posted by jrewing1000 at 16:24, 22 December 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Dont like lamp

Bloated rehash of the first, there are some funny moments but it's not as a good as the first, some parts are cringeworthy. The second half in particular just drags on. 6/10. Wait for the DVD ... More

Posted by Willy Wood at 11:21, 22 December 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Dont like lamp

It is a tad indulgent in places but is generally a funny and entertaining film. Brick had his moments but at the same time there were moments when he really was excruciatingly painful to watch. The battle of the Anchors in this particular film is one aspect which needed to be cut as it was one of the areas of flab. ... More

Posted by sanchia at 09:31, 22 December 2013 | Report This Post


Dont like lamp

I was never a fan of Brick from the first one but this could have had 4 stars from me if he wasnt in this. Some real funny moments and i dare i say it the racial humour. I did feel it got a bit uncomfortable though and was pushed a bit too much. The bottom line is Ferrell and Ron Burgandy is this film and when he is not on screen it really does drag. Please dont make another one though... ... More

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Posted by steve c at 20:52, 21 December 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Just shows how subjective comedy is. Despite its faults I really enjoyed the film and thought THAT Doby sequence was one of the funniest screen moments I've seen in years. ... More

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Posted by skeletonjack at 10:22, 21 December 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Enjoyed this a lot though if I had to be picky I'd like to have seen them shave maybe 15-20 mins off if possible. Just a minor quibble still a solid 4 star film. ... More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 12:46, 19 December 2013 | Report This Post


Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Thought it was OK but nowhere near as good as the first film. Far too long (Apatow producing it probably didn't help, like all of the films he's been involved with since the 40 Year Old Virgin it's in need of a serious trim) and too much recycling of stuff from the first film going on, the whole film sort of ran out of steam by time it got to the end. Don't know if I'd be too excited about seeing a third Anchorman film (especially if that sodding shark makes a re-appearance ... More

Posted by Indio at 00:20, 19 December 2013 | Report This Post


every time they are in the news room its a five star movie. Unfortunately there aren't that many scenes there. Empire's review is spot on. A three star movie and I had a massive grin on my face hanging out with these characters again. ... More

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Posted by jezy at 21:23, 18 December 2013 | Report This Post


RE: TheBladeRunner

Poor. Very poor. ... More

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