Dave’s 3-Word Review
Made my list!
Wow, I’m not even mad. That’s amazing. That may be a quote from the first film, but it also represents my exact feelings right now. I was a fan of the first film, but I also had my qualms about it, being a movie critic…I wanted perfection, and a huge reason as to why I didn’t like the first film had to do with it being split into two different movies and both having incomplete stories. There was more to it than that, but that was an overwhelming fact. Anchorman: The Legend Continues was a film that I could have almost bet top dollar on that it would be an exact replica of the first, but then again…it’s been nine years, ladies and gentlemen…that’s a lot of time to think about the film’s direction and jokes. I’m happy with that amount of time, because this film was so much better than the first (in my humble opinion). The first one was funny, don’t get me wrong, but I constantly laughed so hard it hurt, and that’s not something I can say about the first. It made my top 25 films of 2013 list by a hair.
This time, beloved anchor Ron Burgandy is working with his wife, Veronica in a top news station, but when their boss fires him and promotes her, they immediately get divorced, and Ron goes into depression. Not as bad as the first one, but still. He is approached by a scout and asked to be a part of a news station called GNN, which is a 24-hour news program (clearly jabbing at CNN). He reluctantly agrees and assembles his crew together to join in on his adventure. There, he changes the way news is seen forever, by showing people what they want to see instead of what they need to see. Meanwhile, he is busy trying to juggle between jobs, loves, and being a father.
Man, this movie is great. Everything that was bad about the first film was fixed for the second, and everything that was great about the first one was magnified. They did everything right, and I don’t think I can even list everything off, but I’ll try. 1: You like Ron’s outlandish and random exclamations? Good, because he does a lot of them here. 2: Your favorite funny character is Brick? Great, we’ll give him his own side story and show more of him this time around. 3: You like Champ’s “Whammy” slogan? Great, let’s throw even more of those in there…all at once. 4: You didn’t like the fact that there wasn’t any plot in the first? That’s fine, because there is a solid plot now. 5: You think everyone else was funnier than Will Ferrell? Ok, let’s focus on his specific humor style and improve some of the qualities. 6: How about that amazingly random but hilarious battle between the news stations? That was nothing compared to what’s in store in this film.
Left and right, the movie continues to show that nine years was enough time to perfect their flaws and embrace their moments of genius. Honestly, it’s hard to find anything to complain about here…which is a huge surprise considering all of the expectations I had to this film based on the first film, the type of comedy, and the direction these comedies usually follow…but they did very well for themselves. Part of what made this so well was all of the cameos and special guest stars, which made the first film look like a small shindig of famous people. If I had to actually complain about anything, it’d just have to be that no matter how hilarious I find the film, I still just don’t see me buying it for whatever reason. It’s a perfect rent – even multiple rent material here, but I don’t know…I can’t see me owning it. Strange.
Too much to list, but in short: characters, cameos, improved humor, stronger focus on what matters, more emotion, more Brick, more plot, better pacing, and of course – great great jokes all around.
Hmm, maybe the fact that Will Ferrell is a bit older than he was before. Maybe because everyone hates Ferrell that they wouldn’t want to see it because they are closed-minded biased nut jobs. Maybe you’d be like me and not see it as buy-worthy material. Maybe all of the hilarious promotion they set out for the film may seem like it’s overcompensating and begging…but honestly…I don’t care, it’s just hilarious.
Brick Tamland: I can always guess how many jelly beans are in a jelly bean jar, even if I’m wrong.