run time: 119 mins
starring: Will Farrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Christina Applegate, Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Meagan Good, and seriously any funny actor from the last decade
movie summary: With the 70s behind him, San Diego’s top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to take New York’s first 24-hour news channel by storm. (www.imdb.com)
my thoughts: I have always been up front and honest in previous reviews about movies that I disliked and Anchorman 2 will be no exception. The original movie from 2004 was flat-out stupid and I only laughed at two parts. Part 2 is similar with a ridiculous storyline that features many pointless plot twists, but actually had a few more laughs in it.
The legend continues for the world’s most famous and funny anchorman Ron Burgundy (Will Farrell). Fast forward nine years from the last movie and we find he’s currently living in New York City with his beautiful wife Veronica Corningston (Christina Applegate) and his son Walter (Judah Nelson). Together the pair is on the nightly news but there is an opening for one spot on the prime time news show. Veronica gets the job while Ron gets fired. In typical dramatic fashion he returns to San Diego and hits the booze hard. Freddie Shapp (Dylan Baker) tracks him down to offer him a job as an anchor on the brand new 24 hour news channel,GNN back in New York City.
Ron hits the road in an ugly brown RV to round-up his old news crew, Champ Kind (David Koechner), Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), and Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) for the job in New York City. On the journey across the country, their stupidity hits a new high when Ron leaves the RV on cruise control while sitting in the back with the guys telling stories. Of course the RV goes off the road and flips, but they manage to drive what’s left of the RV to the big city.
Inside the headquarters of GNN they meet the station manager, news director, and America’s best newscaster Jack Lime (James Marsden). The group get the worse possible time slot, 2am – 5am, and wedge a bet with Lime about who can get the most ratings on day one. Ron decides to switch up the way the group broadcasts the news, scores high rates, gets the prime time news slot, and becomes the country’s #1 anchorman. Lime gets jealous and causes an accident which leaves Ron handicapped.
In typical Burgundy fashion, he embellishes his injury and moves away to be alone. Shortly after Veronica and Walter track him down and help him on his road to recovery. Thanks to a new advanced surgical procedure, Ron returns to prime time only to realize he has changed as a person and wants to deliver real news and decides to walk off the air and return to his family.
Anchorman 2 will be a hit with people who love this type of stupid pointless humor. The audience around me laughed through out the movie while only certain parts made me laugh at out. From a character stand point, everyone loves Carell’s Brick character, but he has absolutely no character direction in this story, while David Koechner’s Champ character takes a back seat to everyone else in the group. The stars of the newscasters are clearly Rudd’s Brian, Marsden’s Lime, and of course Burgundy. Kristen Wiig has numerous scenes where she tries to be funny without saying much but it doesn’t work. Together everyone have more storyline direction then the previous film, but still this story has no real point.
Stupid jokes, phrases, stares, and news team fights will not save this movie from actually being good, but like other Will Farrell movies people will either love it or hate it.
my star rating: 4 out 10