Saturday, December 21, 2013

Anchorman 2

Movie Name: Anchorman 2
Year of Release: 2013
Director: Adam McKay
Stars: Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Christina Applegate, Meagan Good, James Marsden, Dylan Baker, Kristen Wiig, Judah Nelson, Josh Lawson
Genre: Comedy
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 6

The creative team of director Adam McKay and actor Will Ferrell is back, with a sequel to their 2004 film, "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy". This team has created other features together, namely "Talladega Nights", "Step Brothers" and "The Other Guys", but this one is a direct sequel to one of their most popular characters, Ron Burgundy. The film follows Ron Burgundy as he falls from grace in the early 80s. He's fired from his news anchor position in detriment of his wife who gets promoted. Ron is somehow revived when a new tv channel starts, GNN, one that features news 24 hours a day. Ron goes in pursuit of his old friends/news team, and they all move back to NY, where the team is faced with a new management and Ron's somewhat new concepts of what news are. Ron has also to deal with his new family life and trying to be a part of his son's life.
Adam McKay's features with Will Ferrell are traditionally a bit of an uneven ride: for every inspired joke, there are quite a few that don't work, but that somehow is part of the show that they put on display. "Anchorman 2" tries to tackle the traditional underdog/triumphant hero story, with the irreverence that is traditional with Will Ferrell, and that usually works quite successfully. Some of the supporting characters are not quite equally interesting, namely Steve Carell's Brick Tamland, who is painful to watch (and so sad to waste the talent of the fantastic Kristen Wiig in their scenes together). Though the supporting cast is uniformly there for the ride, this is Will Ferrell's show, and for the most part, it's a funny one to enjoy.