Our story follows an anchorman named Ron Burgundy who, after the events of the first film, is now married to his co anchor Veronica Corningstone. They movie to New York, she gets promoted to being an anchor on a national news network, while Ron gets fired. So Ron decides to assemble his Channel 4 News Team and seek to reclaim his lost fame, this time through a 24 hours news network.
While I wish the plot was that simple, unfortunately it's not, and that's the biggest problem with this movie. Every 20 minutes or so the movie changes gears completely and focuses on a new plot thread with little association to the plot before hand. At first it's about Ron wanting to be famous again, but then goes to him reconnecting with his son, him dating his boss (Veronica and him get a divorce), then Ron being too arrogant, getting an illness, getting his morals back, and a few more threads that just seem like padding. The film's trying to spin too many plates when making it's story interesting, or just to put Ron in different scenarios for more jokes, but that's about it. The first movie had some tangential plot threads, but this is ridiculous. If it was just focused on a single plot, then it would have been better off.
|Context is for the weak|
Yes it is funny, but there's a strong sense in my head that I'm laughing BECAUSE it's Anchorman 2 and not because it's a funny movie. It still has funny moments, but I feel that most of the jokes lean too heavily on the first movie. Hell, the climax is redoing one of the most famous scenes from the first movie, but turning up the insanity to the max by throwing in tactical airstrikes, Kanye West, and the ghost of Stonewall Jackson stealing souls from people. I laughed my ass off at it, but it feels like the writers said "we'll put this scene in here because it was in the first movie, but to make it just as funny we'll make it more over the top". In other words, in order to compensate for lack of originality, they opted to turn up the insanity.
...THAT BEING SAID, by god this is a funny movie! I can have analytical discussions on why it's funny, but that doesn't change the fact that a legitimate plot point involves Stonewall Jackson stealing people's souls! I'm sorry, but most criticisms I have for this movie fall at the wayside when it's just so damned funny. Granted, it's not as funny as the original, but I didn't go into this movie expecting it to. I went in thinking that I could see more Ron Burgundy, and man did I see a lot of Ron Burgundy. Everything that Ron says is usually a gold mine and had my laughing my ass off, and that goes for most of the supporting cast. Everyone was having a good time, and even the slightest thing in the background was enough to make me crack up.
|He ain't in Milwaukee anymore|