We catch up with Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) after he has left San Diego for New York City with his now wife and co-anchor Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) and their son Walter Burgundy. But when legendary anchor Mack Tannen (Harrison Ford) decides to retire, he promotes Veronica to full time lead anchor and fires Ron. Ron’s shot at redemption comes not long after from Freddie Schapp (Dylan Baker), an executive producer at the fledgling Global News Network, the world’s first 24 hour round the clock news channel. Ron proceeds to reunite the news team of Champ (David Koechner), Brick (Steve Carell), and Brian (Paul Rudd) and brings them to New York where fame and fortune change everything.
Anchorman 2 is less a movie than a series of thinly connected sketches. Fortunately, a lot more of the gags are successful than not and contain many laugh out loud moments. Playing into this is the fact that director Adam McKay likes to simply let the camera run, evidenced by the fact that there was enough material to release an entirely different ‘super-sized’ version in theaters and on this Blu-ray on top of an extended and theatrical cut. McKay doesn’t appear to do much directing here at any point, all of these actors have been cultivating these characters for nearly a decade now.
Ferrell has been pleading for a return to the Burgundy character and for good reason as he seems to be delightfully full of glee and contentment in this skin. The rest of the gang are all happy to return back to the goofy world of Anchorman, but other than Carell’s Brick, who gets a love interest, they really don’t do much different than rehashing their old catchphrases. The normally delightful Kristen Wiig is the annoying and one noted love interest for Brick in one of the film’s unfunniest running gags. Cameos abound this time around, an insane amount compared to the original’s handful of surprises, almost to the point of diluting the impact of all of them.
The double disc Blu-ray set includes more special features than most three Blu-rays combined, with three different versions of the film, over 90 minutes of deleted/extended scenes, gag reels, an audio commentary and hours of more features. The set will lead to hours of enjoyment and exploration. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues isn’t a very good film as it packs a very threadbare plot, but the gags are mostly funny and there are enough laughs to keep audiences laughing out loud throughout.
Photo credit: (Left to right) David Koechner is Champ Kind, Paul Rudd is Brian Fantana, Will Ferrell is Ron Burgundy and Steve Carell is Brick Tamland in ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES to be released by Paramount Pictures. A2-09027