Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is like Marmite. You either love it, or you don’t. After I spent the first watch thoroughly confused the second time led to me loving it, and I have spent the years since much like many other people, quoting it constantly. It’s as though your part of a clique, and an approving nod to the words ‘Smelly Pirate Hooker’ is the secret handshake.
Though many have been waiting for a sequel, was it really needed? Could it ever live up to our expectations? Personally I don’t think one was needed, but we’ve got one. It doesn’t scale the heights of the first, but that isn’t to say it isn’t a funny and entertaining movie. It returns to many old favourites, with new twists, and adds in some new characters to reflect the changing times.
Fortunately though, the Channel 4 News Team hasn’t changed. They are still as stupid and un-pc as they ever were, getting themselves into ludicrous situations with ridiculous comments and behaviour that you wouldn’t want your parents to see. Ron takes centre of stage, whilst Brian and Brick slot into place around him once again. Koechner’s Champ Kind is the weak link, but it wouldn’t be the same without him.
Sadly there were a few jokes I noticed in the various marketing materials that didn’t make it into the finished movie. Safe to assume there will be plenty of out-takes for the DVD I think.
Something that jumped out several times is that for all his idiocy, Ron has several ideas that in this world directly shaped the idea of television we have today. Add in the humanity that Ferrell brings and you have a character that is strong not because he is an idiot, but despite it.
This film could have been a mess, tarring the reputation of the classic that came before it. Instead, Anchorman 2 manages to bring this beloved set of characters back without embarrassing itself, at least not unintentionally. Along the way it manages to raise plenty of laughs, and although not immediately as quotable as its predecessor, makes for probably as good a sequel as we could have hoped for.