Flash Movie Review: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Credit has to be given to a person who believes their own convictions. Their dedication does not waiver during the low points in their life. When I was auditioning at several health clubs to teach aerobics, I still remember the reactions I got from several fitness directors. The most negative comments came from the director of one of the more prestigious health clubs in the city. As I drove home I went over everything I did in the audition, looking for something that I could have done differently, wondering what caused the sourness on that director’s face. Knowing my style was different with its choreographed movements; by the time I got home I decided I would not change, believing there was a place that would take a chance on me. The following week I had an audition where I did the same routines and this time the director not only had a smile on her face but joined in on the routines. I was hired on the spot. Since then whenever I applied to teach at another club I would insist the director come to my class to see what I was doing instead of me performing in their empty aerobic studio. Understanding a person’s dedication, I have to commend Will Ferrell (Elf, The Other Guys) in his desire to entertain audiences by bringing back his character, newsman Ron Burgundy. In this sequel a television station decided to launch a 24 hour news channel, looking at Ron Burgundy to be one of their announcers. Assembling his former news team Brick Tamland, Brian Fantana and Champ Kind, played by Steve Carell (The Way Way Back, Get Smart), Paul Rudd (Role Models, Wanderlust) and David Koechner (Thank you for Smoking, Balls of Fury), the news team came to New York City to make their mark with their own style of reporting. This comedy film had been hyped for so many months by the time I sat down to watch it I have to admit I was already a bit tired of it. The film trailers had the better jokes from the script because what I saw was not all that funny. Sure there were a couple of chuckles, due more to the outrageousness of the scene, but I did not find much creativity being used throughout the film. I did enjoy the variety of celebrity cameos, surprised by the actors who agreed to be in the movie. For those looking for some mindless fun, this would be the film to see. There was a brief extra scene at the end of the credits.

 

2 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on December 23, 2013, in Comedy and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. My only response to this film is I fear there will be an Anchorman 3.

  2. is it as good as the origin?

  3. Hey MJ,
    I do plan on seeing this one as I did enjoy the first film but like most of my movie viewing, I will wait for the Blu-Ray rental. I’m not sure if Will Ferrell falls into the Love / Hate or HIt or Miss category for most people. It seems that most of the people I know either enjoy his sense of humor for what it is or they despise it for what it is. I really enjoyed watching him in “The Campaign”, “Land of the Lost” and “Talladega Nights” but I also enjoyed his work on “Stranger than Fiction”. “Elf” was a miss for me. It had a few chuckles but overall it was a forgettable film that blends in with the multitude of other family friendly Christmas comedies that get churned out around the holidays.

    • Okay, so I just watched this one on BR. I found it to be entertaining enough having a few chuckles but I’ve got to admit that the more I watch Steve Carell’s comedy, the more I realize how overrated he is. In the American version of The Office (TV Series), I grew really tired of the desperately pathethic immature Michael Scott and just wanted Carell to disappear. Then in both Anchorman movies, I found his character of Brick to painfully unfunny but to his credit, he did play a wonderful ass in The Way, Way Back. If you are a fan of Sam Rockwell, who absolutely makes the movie great and haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend giving it a watch.

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