nine years after the original, Will Ferrell resurrects America’s favourite newsman, Ron Burgundy, in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. did they really need to make a sequel? the answer unfortunately, is probably not. that being said, I am a huge Will Ferrell fan, and to a lesser extent, Steve Carell, but this just seemed like more of the same.
the movie opens with Ron and Kelly Bundy happily married with a kid, and the couple on the verge of a huge promotion at work. after coming out on the wrong end of an ultimatum, Ron packs up his shit and moves to New York City, to take an anchor job with GNN, at the advent of 24/7 news and the cable medium.
of course, he rounds up the rest of the gang. Steve Carell’s idiot manchild portrayal of Brick Tamland was cute in the first movie, but his schtick wore thin pretty quick in the sequel. Kristen Wiig plays Shani, a dim-witted secretary at GNN, and Brick’s love interest, Wiig as usual is great, but I wish she was in more scenes. Paul Rudd and David Koechner reprise their roles as Brian Fantana and Champ Kind, but are for the most part nondescript.
they attempt to re-create the epic fight scene from the first movie, by jam-packing it with even more celebrity cameos: Jim Carrey, Kanye West, Will Smith, Liam Neeson, John C. Reilly, to name a few. Vince Vaughn made a brief appearance as Ron’s nemesis from the first Anchorman, Channel 9’s Wes Mantooth. as long as we’re on the subject of celebrity cameos, fans of “Too Many Cooks” will want to keep an eye out for the killer, who has an uncredited role as a cab driver in one scene.
different city, with more of the same jokes, zany Ron Burgundy one-liners, and formulaic, if not mildly entertaining storyline. don’t go in expecting much and enjoy it for what it is.
moral of the story: women should never be put in a position of power, b/c they’ll just be too busy trying to have sexual relations with their male subordinates, on account of their menstrual cycles, and whutnot.