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Anchorman 2– Movie Review

Submitted by on December 22, 2013 – 11:13 amNo Comment

Ron Burgundy is back, with even more catchphrases that will be quoted on social media by your less creative friends. Anchorman 2 is a funny and fitting follow-up to the 2004 original. But a misguided third act drags down the laughs and action in a movie that otherwise might have been a hilarious classic in its own right.

Several years after the events of the original Anchorman, Veronica (Christina Applegate) and Ron (Will Ferrell) are married, and anchoring a weekend news show in New York City. But when Veronica gets the coveted evening news and Ron gets fired, and Ron hits rock bottom. Ron gets a shot at redemption when he is hired by the nation’s first 24-hour news network. When strapped to boost ratings, Ron decides to give people “the news they want, not the news they need”: an America-overload of feel-good stories, cute animals, and the first televised car chases. The success puts Ferrell back on top, and changes the nature of American news reporting- but will both last?

The film creates plenty of new quoteables and memorable scenes. The experienced team of Ferrell, David Koechner, Paul Rudd, and Steve Carrell are a joy to watch playing off of each other. Champ’s (Koechner’s) homoerotic rage is cranked up to great effect, and Brick (Carrell) eulogizing himself only to realize he’s still alive is the kind of stupidity only pros could sell so convincingly. Newcomer Meagan Good holds her own; watching her terrify and arouse Ron at the same time is one of the funniest scenes in the movie.

With movies like The Other Guys and The Campaign, writer/director Adam McKay has increasingly been working critical satire into his films, and Anchorman 2 is no exception. While the original was a less-than-serious look at feminism, Anchorman 2 takes real shots at the current 24-hour news cycle.

At first, I thought Anchorman 2 had simply (and pleasantly) reversed the infamously cliched “Will Ferrell movie plot:” Ferrell plays a loudmouth hotshot at the top of his game, who is brought low, but must fight his way back. Instead, Anchorman 2 quickly gets Ferrell back to the top, and it’s hilarious watching him struggle with success. But then, inexplicably, the film brings him low again, so the end of the movie itself struggles through forced obstacles.

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