Ron Burgundy, the legendary news anchor has returned to the big screen in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. While seeing Will Ferrell's egotistical anchor persona return is welcome, his sequel to the 2004 box office hit does not live up to the original.
The movie picks up in New York City, where Burgundy and his wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), are an anchor team at a local affiliate. While things seem to be going well, it doesn't last long, and Burgundy finds himself jobless.
The rest of the movie follows Burgundy essentially getting his news team back together to work for a 24-hour news network, cleverly titled GNN. From here on, the movie mostly feels like a series of strung together skits.
While it does bring the laughs hard through the first 45 minutes or so, the movie starts to drag. Much of this can be blamed on the Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) plot with his love interest, Chani (Kristen Wiig). The scenes almost feel like they are from a bigger movie that was hacked apart.
From there, the movie seems to borrow many of its jokes from the first movie, making it seem extremely unoriginal. They recreate the fight between different news teams, this time using even bigger stars in what turns into an ultimately less funny scene than the first.
While the first half of the movie seems to largely work, the second does not. There are some great moments if you work in television that make complete sense, but overall, the movie seems pointless. The end doesn't really feel like an end. In fact, just about everything from the last 45 minutes or so felt like multiple disconnected plot points that just didn't fit together.
If you are simply looking for laughs, this movie may work for you. But don't go into it expecting the movie to be better or even as good as the first. It's a strong argument that coming up with good comedy sequels is a difficult job.
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