After nearly a decade away from movie screens, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), the world’s greatest newscaster, has returned for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
This time, it’s the 1980s, and a new media craze called 24-hour news cable networks has Ron and the boys (Paul Rudd’s Brian Fantana, Steve Carell’s Brick Tamland and David Koechner’s Champ Kind) working the late-night shift in New York. The plot is basically just a place-setter for weird, random humor involving bats, sharks, shadows, hair and scorpions in RVs. Ferrell and the crew manage to sell even the dumbest of things—and make so much of it funny. Even the stuff that’s simply strange has its own appeal.
Carell goes super-dopey with Brick as he finds a love interest (Kristen Wiig); Champ still loves Ron in a dangerous way; and Brian has a new condom cabinet. I laughed my face off; this sequel continues the comedic legacy of the brilliant original, and even ups the ante when it comes to anchor-on-anchor battles in the park. (The battle scene here is one for the ages; it even involves fighter jets.)
With the first Anchorman, filmmakers had enough stuff left on the cutting-room floor to release an entire other movie. I hope that happens here as well; I don’t want to wait 10 years for more.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is playing at theaters across the valley.