Eppler: 'Anchorman 2' is a worthy sequel

Reported by: James Eppler
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Updated: 12/19/2013 12:11 pm

"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" is a worthy sequel - funny from start to finish. What makes these movies work so well is Will Ferrell and his co-stars Paul Rudd, David Koechner and Steve Carell know each other and their characters so well that they can improv and riff off each other endlessly. There's actually a completely different cut of this movie with alternate jokes and one-liners.

That's something to look forward to on the DVD, but the version playing in theaters is very satisfying for this die-hard fan.
    
This time out, Ron Burgundy is passed over for a promotion in favor of his wife, and after a downward spiral, he gets another opportunity: work for a 24-hour-news channel. "That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard!" Ron says at first.

That's probably the wisest thing Ron has ever said, and this movie does an admirable job working in satire of 24-hour news and the current state of the media amid the goofiness. And indeed, it is a very silly movie.
Actually, Ferrell and his co-writer Adam McKay go absolutely nuts in the movie's final quarter. To quote Ron, it escalates quickly and really gets outta hand fast as Ron bottle-feeds a baby shark, and does battle with a minotaur and the ghost of Stonewall Jackson.
    
You have to see it to believe it, but you still won't understand it.
    
Only time will tell if "Anchorman 2" will be as revered or quoted as the original. I'm guessing not. It's definitely got sequel problems, but I laughed a lot, and I hope the legend of Ron Burgundy becomes a trilogy.


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