I was very late in seeing the first Anchorman film. In fact, I only saw it this summer after years of people quoting lines and references that I knew nothing about. I love Will Ferrell and howl with laughter whenever I watch Elf and Step Brothers and the first Anchorman did make me laugh a lot. However, I didn’t have a huge desire to see the sequel but I knew Dan would love to, so I suggested it while we were sale shopping this weekend.
Following Ron Burgundy’s (Will Ferrell) dismissal from a prestigious channel in New York. This puts a strain on his marriage to Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) who is promoted to the first female nightly news anchor and Ron eventually leaves the family home and his six-year-old son Walter. Eventually, he reassembles his news team -Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) and Champ Kind (David Koechner)- and they’re offered a position at a new 24-hour news network, GNN. Battling the prime time team to gain their slot, they rack up ratings like no other and are hailed news heroes. However, a jealous rival brings it all crashing down and Ron is once again challenged in more ways than one.
If you’re worried that it won’t live up to the first film, don’t be! I can honestly say that I did not stop laughing the whole way through. In fact, I’d say that it is better than the first film as I certainly laughed a lot more. Steve Carell clearly has the best character and Brick is the main pillar of comedy. His love story with office worker Chani (Kristen Wiig) is a wonderful touch and the pair of them are simply hilarious.
The film does take a bit of an odd turn towards the end and throws you off course. However, it’s not a random tangent as it does ultimately bring about Ron’s realisation of what really matters. Being a silly comedy film, the ending isn’t something to be missed. Plenty of cameos roll in including Kanye West, Sacha Baron Cohen and Will Smith for a final battle against news teams worldwide. These bits are there to surprise you and make you question what the hell is going on which adds to the bizarre nature of the film.
All in all, it is ideal if you love witty humour mixed with plenty of hysterical antics. Yes it’s over the top, yes it’s ridiculous but that’s the whole appeal of it. No one is going to expect anything heavy or serious but despite that, there is still a moral, which makes it a funny, diverse comedy with plenty of plot and character development.