Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
If you saw the first Anchorman film then you will be pleased to know that the second film keeps the winning formula of nonsensical gibberish humor but is actually better than the first. All the ingredients are here and then some, with more strangeness, more uncomfortable situations and a lot more cameos.
I will not bore you with a plot synopsis for this film because just like the first installment there barely is one. What plot there is revolves around Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) going through a breakup with his wife Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), moving to a new job in the newly created 24 hour news world (The film takes place in the 80’s where the first was the 70’s) and Ron getting his team back together.
The rest of the film consists of moments, moments of insanity and nonsense, and it works perfectly. The world the filmmakers have created does not lend itself to a linear narrative or straight forward thinking, instead time just passes beautifully as the characters do more and more strange and bizarre things and all of them are successful in making you laugh, giggle or outright burst into tears.
The strangest and most bizarre of these moments all come thanks to Steve Carell’s brilliant performance as weatherman Brick Tamland. Never has such implausible and ridiculous actions and words made me laugh so hard and without reason. And this time out they even throw in a love interest for Brick in the character of Chani (hysterically portrayed by SNL’s Kristen Wiig).
Other highlights of the film include Greg Kinnear as Veronica’s new love interest and an utterly inept psychologist, many of the first films characters popping up here and there for wonderful little cameos and Harrison Ford even shows up in the films opening moments as Ron’s boss, an interestingly creepy and funny performance by an actor I don’t usually associate with either of those things.
And speaking of cameos all I can say is WOW. I love a good cameo, your deep into a film where all the characters and actors have been settled and all of a sudden some outlandishly huge star shows up for 2 minutes and you feel as though you have been treated to an extra feature or found an extra burger in your bag after leaving the drive thru. If this is something that even mildly interests you, boy are you in for quite a treat in Anchorman 2. Towards the end stars of such high standing and caliber that I have yet to fully understand start to show up in this film playing such crazy characters and doing such insane things that I was starting to question reality. How did they ever get these people to do these things ran through my head for some time after.
All in all this was a wonderful 2 hours spent and I can’t say enough good things about this very funny movie that you should all treat yourself to this holiday season!
What are some other nonsensical comedies you love?
Image Credit, Image courtesy of Paramount Pictures
About The Author
Maximilian Tieman is a lifelong Torrington resident and has been a film buff since his mother brought him to the movies as a child. He is a graphic designer and print specialist and manages the Franklin Print Shoppe in downtown Torrington.
Special thanks to Torrington's Digiplex Destinations.