Managed to photobomb Steve Carrell at the premiere!
I can’t actually remember the last time there has been such anticipation around a movie sequel. Ron Burgundy and the team where last on our screens 9 years ago in a comedy that can probably be put in the same cult comedy to mainstream success brackets as the likes of Airplane, Caddyshack, and more recently The Hangover. Comedies that just became more and more popular over time.
So, does Anchorman 2 The Legend Continues live up to the brilliantly funny first movie?
Firstly, I want to say that no-one wanted this to be the case than me!… I am, and will always be a huge fan of the first movie. I’d actually say it’s currently in my top 10 movies, which are mainly comedies, and easily in my top 3 most watched films since it’s release.
So, the short answer is no, Anchorman 2 The Legend Continues is not on the same level as the first film… However I did still enjoy it!
Without giving too much away, Anchorman 2 picks back up with San Diego’s legendary news anchor Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), with the 70s behind him, returning to the newsdesk. Also joining him is his trusted news team in man on the street Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner) and weather man Brick Tamland (Steve Carell). All of who attempt to make news history by taking the first ever 24-hour news channel to the nation.
The movie also includes some of the best, and unexpected, cameos I’ve ever seen in a film. Although for me, Carell’s reprise of Brick Tamland absolutely steals the show, particularly with his new love interest played my Kristen Wiig. He was also a brilliant sport on the red carpet.
Chatting to Ashley Roberts at the Anchorman 2 premiere, she was pretty thrilled to see Paul Rudd in the flesh (we were appropriately offended, obviously)… ‘I don’t I really know if he’d know who I was… but I hang out with him a lot in my mind!’.
Cringeworthy and uncomfortable comedy in part, makes Anchorman 2 a funny and entertaining movie. As a fan, it was also just great to see the cast back on screen together.
I would recommend seeing the movie, but would say to any really hardcore Anchorman fan, hard as it will be, not to go in expecting the first movie. If you do that, I think you’ll really enjoy the film!
I’d rate it Three and a half out of 5!
Craig Royle – FTYD Entertainment