Quaotable cult classic Anchorman 1 was well received for being what it was and was an above modest success when it hit theaters in 2004, but has since gone on to become one of my all time favorite comedies. I rank it up there with Beverly Hills Cop and Kingpin. Though unlike those two films, it has aged even better due to its timelessness of being set in the 70s. I was a tad nervous to see what would become of the sequel once the final announcement was made my Apatow Productions and others involved. I was only nervous until about 10 seconds into the film. Then, I knew, I was in for exactly what I was hoping for. The same style comedy, different situations, different locations, the same characters but with new arches to their stories, and Will Farrell being everything he encapsulated in the first one.
I loved this movie. I loved it for being the sequel that it needed to be. It really did everything right in my opinion. I've always said that a sequel doesn't exactly need ti be more than the original, just different. In a franchise like this, its a hard task to make them different, but they do it here. The reason I feel it comes off as perhaps funnier than the first one (at least in first viewing) is because in the first one, we don't yet understand these characters so some of the things they do may have come off as confusing. Here, since we know them, we can expect to laugh when they are put in certain siturations. We can be part of the story with them. Not that there really is much of a story here.
Really the only small gripe I have with the film is the underuse of Rudd's Brian Fantana and David Koechner's Champ Kind. Sure they get their standout moments at the beginning of the film when we are being reintroduced and caught up on their characters, after they are back as a news team and in New York, they are kind of left to dry for a while. Meanwhile, Carrell's Brick get's a love interest arch that works very well and is funny, though I couldn't help but think they felt it was necessary to throw him that bone the same way they gave Garth a love interest in Wayne's World 2. Either way, its funny and Christen Wig is awesome as always.
Christina Applegate is back and still awesome as Veronica Corningstone (even if she is a smelly Pirate hooker). She's sidelined a bit in the middle as well, but its all in service of the story so it works. And she even get's to tackle a few lines similar to what made her character a perfect fit for Ron in the first one like; "I'm going to shoot you in the cooter with a bb gun". There are some new characters as well like James Mardsen's Jack Lime (or Lame) and he's a great new addition to the cast. He has perfect comedic timing and his scenes with Farrell are some of the best in the movie.
The movie belongs to Farrell though obviously who continues to show us something few other talents ever have and that is his undying commitment to a role that exceeds anything one could do in interviews or press. He owns every second of not just this film, but this character and should be proud of its popularity. Because in the end, that's what its all about. He set out to make people laugh and he did just that. Now the character is a cultural icon and people dress up like Ron Burgundy every year on Halloween.
The outrageousness of the film (especially the last 15 minutes) may make some people rank this one slightly below the first. But honestly, it had to push something further than the first one did, so I actually found myself enjoying the nuttiness that ensues. Its WAY over the top and was ballsy considering people looking at this film under a microscope trying to find anything to say its not as good as the first. I really don't think the film makers cared. Then there's the cameos that has all the buzz right now. I won't give any away, but I can say that some of them worked, some of them didn't, some of them were really funny, some were nice just to see back side by side with Farrell, one or two were so lazy that it was painful, and one was unexpected.
The new arch with Ron's son was a good addition that actually lent itself to displaying more heart than you thought Ron Burgundy ever had. Its not gushy, don't worry. Not even close, but its still a good new dynamic to Ron's character and the scenes where the family (the boy, Applegate, and Farrell) are all together are so funny.
This movie in my book was a slam dunk and I feel better about the holidays already for having seen it last night and laughing harder than I've laughed in a long time. I'm not even going to compare it to the first, because in my opinion, its the Anchorman franchise to me now. Its not 1 and 2. Go check it out, stay classy, and enjoy yourself a nice glass of Scotch.
I loved this movie. It all takes place on Christmas night and gives us one hell of a heist aftermath. It doesn't sell out and give away everything about itself. It makes you pay attention to find things out like; who there people are, what they are up to, and what they have done. Really funny and very dark. Pretty much no one in this film is worth a damn in the end. Call it the Pulp Fiction during Christmas.
This movie has a few funny scenes in it. I'm not going to say it doesn't. However, the underlining presence of a Christmas driven "Cult" of a community street steer this one away from enjoyable and make it down right creepy.
I know its mean spirited but how can you fault it for that when its adapting A Christmas Carol. One of the most frightening creations ever conceived and brought to the page about the spirit of Christmas. Bill Murray kills it in this movie. I'd have rather just watched him being an asshole to people for two hours than an adaptation.