When I heard that a sequel to Anchorman was being made I had mixed feelings. On one hand, I thoroughly enjoyed the first one, but on the other hand, sequels tend to be money grabs that cannot come close to living up to the original movie. Another thing that I was worried about is that I was worried about is that there would be a lot of recycled jokes. All that being said, Anchorman 2 was a lot of fun, and was an overall good time.
One of the good things about the movie was being able to see the cast on screen again. Seeing Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy on the big screen was amazing, and Steve Carell and Paul Rudd were great in this movie as well as the first.
As with any comedy, I guess the main question that one must ask when reviewing the movie is: Is this movie funny. And the answer is yes. I mean sure the answer is dumb (as with most Will Ferrell movies), but the movie is for sure funny. There are a ton of quotable, funny Anchorman-like moments that people will for sure be quoting for many years to come. At times, this movie did feel like it was trying a bit too hard to be like the first one. A lot of the ‘callback humor’ seemed forced, but it was a small price to pay for the callback humor that did work. The first movie built a strong base for most of the characters. Anchorman 2 built on the characters as well, while still keeping them as great as ever (these really are some great characters).
Something that was really great in this movie was the amount of great cameos. Some of these cameos include Kanye West, who was surprisingly funny, Will Smith, who needs to start making movies again (After Earth does not count), Sacha Baron Cohen, John C. Reilly, Vince Vaughn, Harrison Ford, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and Jim Carrey. These cameos were all very funny and kept the audience laughing.
Going into this movie I did not expect anything spectacular. I just expected to have a good time, which is exactly what I had. This movie is very similar to Ferrell’s other movies, such as Step Brothers, Talladega Nights, Semi-Pro, or Blades of Glory, in that it seems like the writers’ goal is not to make funny lines, but rather to make lines that people will quote to each other, which is basically a whole other form of advertising in itself. I didn’t see Step Brothers until I had gotten so tired of hearing people quote it every day, and I decided I wanted to be able to understand their references.
All these things made Anchorman 2 exactly how I imagined it would be. Although there was one thing that did surprise me. This movie was surprisingly preachy. It’s no secret that news these days consists of fluff stories that by some standards are not even news. Anchorman 2 explores this and makes it a central theme throughout the movie. At times it felt like a bit much, but overall I think the message got across pretty well.
All things considered, this movie is not a great movie, and it’s for sure no Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (a comedy that rises above all the rest and stands the test of time again and again), but the movie is a good time. The makers of this movie are fully aware of what this movie is. It’s the kind of movie that you can go see with your friends and get a good laugh from it. And plus, apparently if this movie does well, we may just see a sequel to Talladega Nights. So go watch this movie! Or don’t. It might not be your thing. I mean it’s really up to you.