I’m one of the few people on the planet that wasn’t completely taken by ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY (2004). I found it amusing, but it never quite gelled for me.
I missed seeing the sequel in the theaters, but as “luck” would have it, the local AMC had a series of $3 films over the summer and it was one of them. I wish I had just skipped it all together.
ANCHORMAN 2 is a mess and for every joke that works at least a good five or six don’t. What’s even worse is that the jokes that do somehow elicit a chuckle are then beaten into the ground by hanging on them too long or by literally (no joke) having a character actually explain the joke until it’s just not funny anymore.
This new chapter finds Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) now married to Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate). He’s recruited as an anchorman by a burgeoning 24-hour news channel and decides to reassemble the team, which consists of weatherman Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), man on the street Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner).
Almost blowing the gig before it starts, they accidently save the network by giving the people what they want, instead of actual news. “Hilarity” ensues.
What could have been a genius skewering of the 24-hour news cycle devolves into a hodgepodge of different plots and subplots that are so unfocused it’s hard to know what the movie is actually about. None of them are adequately set-up or paid off, so it just plays as an excuse to have “funny” situations arise at random times. Who needs a coherent plot, right?
The film also way overstays its welcome. At a hair shy of two hours it drones on relentlessly with no end in sight. The failed jokes become so tedious after awhile that I would occasionally turn to my friend to analyze what exactly we’re supposed to be laughing at.
I’m sure if you’re a fan of the original that ANCHORMAN 2 will be hard to resist, but believe me, wait for cable for this one…and you may want to multitask while watching it so as not to completely waste your time.