When Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy was released almost 10 years ago, I can’t really think of anyone that thought this film would ever have, or need, a sequel. I certainly didn’t, and therefore I have to admit I did approach Anchorman: The Legend Continues, with a fair share of apprehension.
It’s the 1980’s and everything is going smoothly for Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) and his wife Veronica (Christina Applegate). They are San Diego news royalty, co-anchoring for KVWN Channel 4, and have a son together. Things go awry for Burgundy when Veronica is promoted and he is sacked by his hero Mack Harken (Harrison Ford- the first of MANY celebrity cameos in this film). Not dealing with his wife’s independent success and the fact that the man he idolises called him “the worst journalist ever”, Burgundy abandons his family and embarks on a downward spiral of booze, bad behaviour and the usual Ron Burgundy tirades towards whoever happens to cross him – this includes dolphins.
Just when it looks like Ron has burnt all his personal and professional bridges, an opportunity arises for him in New York’s first 24 hour news channel run by the fierce Linda Jackson (Meagan Good), and the very Rupert Murdoch-like Kench Allenby (Josh Lawson). Ron gathers together the original news team- Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and Champ Kind (David Koechner). Reunited and as ridiculous as ever, the foursome take on the challenge of the graveyard news spot, determined to beat the prime time ratings of handsome news anchor Jack Lime (James Marsden).
Written by Adam McKay and Will Ferrell, Anchorman 2 has done exceptionally well in building on the humour and talents of the original crew. Ferrell is loud, abrasive, crass, obnoxious and completely loveable as Ron Burgundy. Brick (Steve Carell) finds a love interest in the equally strange Chani (Kristen Wiig) and their interactions are delightfully absurd. In fact, basically every character in the film has a degree of individual absurdity to them and it has a certain snowball effect to the overall film that peaks at the obligatory news team battle, where there are so many celebrity cameos it becomes almost a tad overwhelming.