Originally, “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” was a modest hit, given it’s current popularity. It wasn’t until later (through cable and home videos) that the movie truly had it’s breakthrough. Adam McKay usually directs the movies that only get better the more you watch them, but this one was a little too over the top.
Ferrell’s character, Ron Burgundy, is the epitome of ignorance, and usually that’s what makes him so much fun to watch. In the first Anchorman, the theme is sexism. In an attempt to recreate the same humor, Burgundy comes off as crass and racist throughout the film. Unfortunately, what was supposed to be edgy and comical humor ended up as dry, dull and stereotypical jokes.
As for the other members of the cast, Steve Carell’s performance was by far the best. Whether he is spouting nonsense (at his own funeral) or sparking romance with the office’s new secretary, Carell’s increased screen time is the best change made from the original to the sequel. On the other hand, David Koechner and Paul Rudd aren’t given the opportunity to say or do anything marginally funny.
To top it off, the corny cameo of every actor in Hollywood pops up out of no where. Had the plan gone accordingly, the scene would’ve been inherently funny- not because of the acting or the script, but sheerly because of the fame the actors have previously acquired.
While “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” may have it’s perks, it seemed pretty overkill. In my opinion, it’s as if they just didn’t know when to stop.
Overall, I’d give the movie a one out of ten rating. So see for yourself if you truly wish, but do not plan on getting your time’s worth by watching this in theaters. Save the 15 dollars and wait for it to come out on RedBox.