With the explosive success of “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” fans were left with high expectations for the second film of the Ron Burgundy series.
“Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” offers the same outrageously funny, and often non sequitur dialogue that made the first film such a unique success. When asked if there was any pressure to make the sequel better, director Adam McKay said, “There was no pressure, we just had to make each other laugh. It had to be sort of free form. You can never recreate the first movie; there will always be something about that first one that’s unique to it. We just tried to make it decent. We didn’t want to have the big giant let down of ‘Ahh they just redid the first one,’ which is what I think lead to some epic choices.” The epic choices McKay refers to are the all-new setting of New York City, and surprise cameo appearances of Hollywood’s finest to make the film a new classic all its own.
The dynamic between McKay and Will Ferrell certainly attests to a new era of comedy. There is an obvious dedication to plot that reigns through the film. The sequel takes into account the shift in media, from strong newscasts to fluff shows on television. “We thought it would be funny to make Ron Burgundy responsible for the entire change of news media,” adds McKay. Along with satirical commentary on media, the film covered topics such as sexism and racial bias as seen through the eyes of Ron Burgundy’s misogynistic news team.
In short, “Anchorman 2” is a must see. While aiming to break away from the first film’s success, the sequel does, however, include the many quirks that just had to be included in order to serve the series justice. Expect ridiculous situations, glorious battles between newsmen, and an epic mustache that seems to have gotten fluffier over time.