Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Movie review: Anchorman 2 is bigger, but not necessarily better
There's one scene that's worth the entire ticket price, however.
Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is back! His newsroom career took a nosedive after he was fired from his anchor position in San Diego, but he is back with GNN – Global News Network. Ron isn’t alone as he ventures into the brave new world of 24-hour news. He brings with him weather man Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), man on the street Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner). Together they will change the face of the news business by doing what no one has ever done before!
The movie also stars Kristen Wiig, Jim Carrey, Liam Neeson, Kirsten Dunst, Harrison Ford, Christina Applegate, Vince Vaughn, James Marsden, Meagan Good, Sacha Baron Cohen, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, John C. Reilly and Greg Kinnear.
Anchorman 2 is the long-awaited sequel to the comedy hit from 2004, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Only time will tell if this will live up to the expectations set since it was so long in the making. Anchorman 2 is certainly bigger than its predecessor, but not necessarily better.
RATING6/10 stars – One scene is all it takes sometimes, and Anchorman 2 had at least that, but not much else.
In all honesty, I am not a huge fan of this type of comedy. I don’t find the majority of the jokes funny. I am not saying it isn’t funny material; it just doesn’t appeal to me. With that said, the pitfall for this movie is that it tries to be too much. You can tell it is attempting to spoof societal beliefs centered around the news, all while carrying a “heartwarming” (I use that term loosely) story about Burgundy. Ultimately, it doesn’t deliver on either. I was pretty much bored most of the film until near the end, where one scene saved the day. I won’t give it away because that will take the fun out of it, but the "news room rumble" at the end is worth the wait.
I wish I had more to say about this movie. Basically, it's inconsistent most of the way through. The jokes are corny and not all that funny. Plus, the story just tries too hard. The actors are decent, but no shining performances here. If I didn’t have to review this movie I probably would have waited to rent it and not wasted my time or money at the theater. Take all that with a grain of salt, however, because everyone has their own breed of comedy and this just isn’t mine. That doesn’t mean it won’t work for you.
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