Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Movie Review
What's not surprising: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is not as good as the original. What is surprising: just how boring and unfunny the sequel is.
Despite bringing back Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and director Adam McKay, Anchorman 2 fails to rediscover the magic of Ron Burgundy. The filmmakers do a good enough job bringing the crew back together--to help form the first 24/7 national news network--but scene after scene they only succeed in wasting potential. And the audience's time.
While the movie isn't without its funny moments, Anchorman 2 is absolutely forgettable. There isn't a single scene that stands out in any way or form, other than the obligatory news crew battle that establishes just how unnecessary and unoriginal this sequel is. The talented cast is completely wasted, though the addition of James Marsden as a rival newsman works well enough.
At two hours long, Anchorman 2 feels long and aimless; when the movie sidetracks into a sequence about Ron and his family befriending a pet shark, you realize just how desperate the filmmakers were to come up with fresh material. Had it been reduced to 90 minutes, Anchorman 2 may have been able to shed enough of the flat moments to enhance the okay stuff, but that's not what Paramount has given us (shockingly, the studio even released a longer version for some inexplicable reason). As is, the entire movie is a chore.
There's not much else to say. Diehard fans of the original Anchorman may find enough good stuff to latch onto, but the rest of us should just pretend this movie never existed. Legendary, Anchorman 2 is not.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.