Friday, January 10, 2014
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues...
"Who the hell is Julius Caesar? You know I don't follow the NBA!" So were the enlightened words of Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) to his wife Veronica (Christina Applegate) as things soured between the news-reporting power couple at the beginning of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. I actually watched this movie quite a while back (on New Year's Eve, to be exact), but this flick was much too hilarious to just forget and not write a review about. There were so many great one-liners (besides the one at the start of this entry)...including this quote by Champ Kind (David Koechner) to Burgundy as he confronted his fiery new boss (played by Meagan Good) at the GNN TV station: "Do what every man has been doing for the past thousands of years and punch her in the face!" This is probably funny to everyone except pacifists and feminists who are easily enraged.
There were lots of memorable scenes in Anchorman 2—from Champ Kind showing off his restaurant's signature dish of fried bat and Burgundy nursing a young great white shark (named Doby) back to health to Brick Tamland's (Steve Carell) odd encounter with his co-worker Chani Lastnamé (Kristen Wiig...who is as wacky in this movie as she is normal in Ben Stiller's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) at a laundromat. But the best moment of Anchorman 2 is obviously at the end, when so many awesome cameos take place by actors who you would least expect to participate in Ferrell's on-screen antics. Do you want me to name some of these actors? I'll give you a hint: One guest star was Bruce Wayne's mentor in Batman Begins and the other was his love interest in The Dark Knight Rises. And another actor saved the world in 1996's Independence Day.
Even without the surprise cameos at the finale of Anchorman 2, this movie has a great cast—ranging from Harrison Ford as Ferrell's boss (Ford's appearance should count as a cameo, actually) prior to Meagan Good showing up on the scene to James Marsden showboating as Burgundy's rival newscaster, Jack Lime...a.k.a. Jack Lame. And let's not forget about Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), whose love of taking pictures for kitten calendars is about as neurotic as him using snake venom for a cologne. I don't remember much about the first Anchorman movie (since The Legend of Ron Burgundy got released in theaters 10 years ago), but I do know that its sequel is leaps and bounds more entertaining than that film. Props to Ferrell, Carell, Koechner, Rudd, Applegate and company for upholding the mantra: Good things come to those who wait. Now when does Anchorman 3: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Rises open in theaters? Carry on.