Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)
Directed by Adam McKay
Director Adam McKay’s “Anchorman 2,” the most anticipated comedy in years, is also hands down the funniest of 2013. Hands down. I’ll say it. Comedy sequels rarely bring the same laughs, but “Anchorman 2” is a formidable competitor to the first, relying on its plot and not repeating the same jokes. And without the vulgarity of an R-rating, it’s also the funniest PG-13 movie in years. Years!
Burgundy (Will Ferrell) and the boys (Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, and Dave Koechner) are back, this time in New York City, tackling 24-hour news. It’s a revolution, but it’s a risk. Burgundy’s team will have to compete against Jack Lime (James Marsden), the handsome hot-shot in the prime slot. And, much to his surprise, Burgundy will also be competing against his own wife (Christina Applegate), anchoring the news across town. Along the way, he’ll have his ups and downs, but will Ron Burgundy be able to balance family and work? Does it even matter? Heck no, it’s hilarious either way.
To say that Steve Carell’s second take as Brick Tamland might be the funniest character I’ve seen in years might not be a lie. The way he delivers the lines written by Ferrell and McKay are comedy gold. At some point (and “Anchorman 2” does give you a full two hours to laugh at), laughing became tiresome and I had to hold it in. I’ve always said, “Laughter is the most honest critic.” It’s true. I laughed more during “Anchorman 2” than during 2013’s top comedies combined. And it’s not just Carell. His love interest, played by Kristen Wiig, is his perfect match. She may even out-funny him, though she can be seen holding in laughter more than once (it’s so funny even the actors can’t help it!). Ferrell gives his funniest performance since “Step Brothers” in 2008. That was over 5 years ago, guys. Rudd gives the movie a miniscule amount of reason, acting as the logical one. It takes away from his comedy, but it needed to be done so this crazy story doesn’t get too out of hand. By far, though, the most surprisingly riotous performance comes from the young Judah Nelson, who plays Walter Burgundy, Ron’s son. Everything from his facial expressions and wardrobe to his line delivery and emulation of his movie dad drew tons of laughter in my hometown theater. In his first big-screen role, this kid shows a ton of comedy potential.
And wait until you see the ten-minute bombardment of cameos. An unfortunate incident brings over a dozen huge names on screen at the same time, some of which make sense and some you would never expect in a blockbuster comedy. Those are the ones that provide the most laughs.
With the stars of “Anchorman 2” clearly having a blast, it’s hard not to catch the hysterical contagion, too. This one is meant to be enjoyed on the big screen. Don’t just have a good night, readers; have an Anchorman night.
“Anchorman 2” is in theaters now.