Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

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It's kind of a big deal.

Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and Christina Applegate all return to continue the legacy of the unparalleled, still classy, Ron Burgundy. They are joined by an impressive cameo list including Kristen Wiig and Harrison Ford. This time the San Diego news crew are taking New York's first 24-hour news channel by storm.

Since the events of the first film, Ron (Ferrell) and Veronica Corningstone-Burgundy (Applegate) have become San Diego's most beloved husband-and-wife news presenters, but when Veronica is presented with a terrible dilemma the result is another rock bottom experience for Ron. The emergence of round-the-clock news coverage throws him a lifeline and Burgundy re-assembles the team. On his road to glory, Ron faces struggles with romance, race relations, ethics, an Australian boss, the ocean's deadliest predator and a jazz flute. 

In 2004 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy arrived in hilarious fashion just before the world hit Peak Ferrell. Suitably outrageous and over-the-top, it set a high bar that its lead would struggle to match as he went on to do “it’s Will Ferrell as a kids’ soccer coach/Nascar driver/basketball player” films and – for a couple of years there – seemed to have outstayed his welcome.

Almost a decade later, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues arrives in theatres after countless quotable Burgundy-isms have entered day-to-day conversation and while the original continues to flourish on TV and home video. It’s a bit of pressure to live up to, but right away you get the feeling that Ferrell has been itching to get into character as Burgundy again - it’s a role ideally suited to both his deadpan and manic performance settings and predilection for ad-libbing. The returning core cast again show they’re equally up to the task of sharing the screen with Ferrell and plenty of new faces have a blast in supporting or cameo roles. Kristen Wiig and Harrison Ford you probably know about, the others you should let come as a surprise.

The Anchorman world is arguably the most suited to the absurdist style of filmmaking practiced by Ferrell and returning director Adam McKay (though Step Brothers, The Other Guys and Talladega Nights will have their devotees). Resisting the urge for a billion callbacks to its predecessor, Anchorman 2 has just enough of a nostalgic bent to satisfy fans without being The Hangover 2 (or 3). To completely enjoy it I’d suggest taking off your Ron-tinted glasses and accepting that the first film isn’t flawless, and that this isn’t likely to top it. From there, proceed to laugh your ass off.

Empire (UK)

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Patchy and in need of a rigorous edit, but amid all the weeds there is some ripe comedy (satire, even) for the plucking.

Guardian (UK)

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This Anchorman sequel knows who its fans are, and does its best to keep them happy. No one will be complaining.

Hollywood Reporter

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Comedically, everyone's on the same page here, which means that, even when things flag, more fun isn't far off.

Time Out London

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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is not the disaster some feared it might be, but neither is it the endlessly quotable, deliciously idiotic follow-on so many of us were optimistically anticipating.

Total Film (UK)

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Bigger and broader than before, Ron’s return occasionally feels like autocue’d sequel-making. But it spikes old news with enough fresh comic zip to keep you hooked through the self-indulgent stretches.

Variety (UK)

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A modestly less quotable but generously funny new adventure for scotch-and-mahogany-loving 1970s newsman Ron Burgundy.

Sydney Morning Herald

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A deliriously barmy, laugh-out-loud sequel that manages to top the much-loved original, with fond nods to Australia in tow.

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As a big Anchorman fan on par with the first which is saying a lot. Hilarious!


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I did not like the first nor do I like the second. Full of dull typical low intelligence American slapstick jokes.


It's Anchorman, not AnchorWomen, and thats a fact!

Anchorman2: The Legend Continues

Will Ferrell and Andy McKay, magic. Like two wild dogs with apposable thumbs that can write a comedy script so pure arctic water looks like a muddy pool. Great laughs centred and what seemed some it of 'Monty Python' unrehersed (by the cuts and background acting) wonderful adlibs and some great bits I'm sure ended up on the cutting room floor. Silly to the end (after the credits) and well worth the 10yr wait. So long as you're a fan of Ferrell and his work, then you will love this. Amazballs cameos, awkard laugh a minute. Black.

Genre : Comedy, drama? Ron Burgundy biographical.

5/5 : Just plan fun, the trailers arent everything, don't take the girl, take your mates!