Sunday, March 15, 2015

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues - 6 stars out of 10

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues - 6 stars out of 10

I was pretty disappointed with “Anchorman 2.”  It was entertaining but after a grueling 9-year wait, I expected more from this sequel.  I suppose that my disappointment is a reflection of the genius contained within the first film.  The unpredictability, off-the-wall humor, quotability, and clever story just could not be replicated.  This is very apparent in Will Ferrell’s one-line exclamations (“By the hymen of Olivia Newton-John!”).  They were so funny in the first film but their appearance in the sequel makes them feel overdone; meanwhile, if they were left out, we would all be complaining.  This film simply could not win after the first one became so iconic.  The movie does have its high points, like the first scene with Brick.  The writers were smart to feature Brick and give him an equally dim-witted companion.  We all wanted to see another Battle Royale with rival news stations and we got it (including even more cameos and the ghost of Robert E. Lee).  The blind sequence creates some really funny jokes and the jazz flute even makes an appearance.  But this entire film felt like the writers were trying to insert new dialogue into the first film’s successful equation and the result is a total lack of cohesion.  It is fun to see these characters up to their old antics but “Anchorman 2” is just another failed attempt at a comedy sequel.  That being said, I'd still pay to see another installment in this series.

[Pictured: The movie could've used more Christina Applegate and less recycled jokes]

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