I have to admit, the plot itself didn't flow as consistently as that of the first film due to the sheer amount of content that the producers tried to fit into two hours, which lead to the film not always being easy to follow. Nevertheless, I cannot criticise the writers choice of events for the characters and I couldn't help but laugh at loud when Brick turned up to his own funeral screaming 'WHY DID YOU TAKE HIM FROM US?' and had to be convinced by Ron that he was indeed, as Ron so honestly put it- 'not dead.' One of the more controversial aspects of the plot was Ron Burgundy's racist attitude towards his female African American boss as in the attempt to converse with her family, he came out with countless racist slurs through talking in a stereotypical African American dialect. Whilst some would have seen this as highly offensive, personally I didn't because I believe that the scene perfectly satirised Ron's tactless and inconsiderate nature that makes him such a carefree and confident character.
What made me even happier than all four main actors reprising their roles was the fact that they lived up to my high expectations that came from the first film, made nearly 10 years ago. It was clear that both the writers and actors themselves had spent a long amount of time making sure that, unlike most sequels, the film was a success and the characters were just as convincing, hilarious and just plain loveable as they were in 2004. I could spend days talking about how utterly wacky Brick was, but what absolutely warmed my heart was the fact that sweet Brick Tamland found love, an unusual yet strangely functional love with an eccentric office worker name Chani, played brilliantly by Kristen Wiig.
A factor that really added to the film's comedy value was the fact that there were so many cameo's from amazing actors. Amongst the 12 to make an appearance were Jim Carrey, Will Smith, Liam Neeson and Harrison Ford- talk about a good line-up?! It is only towards the end of the film where we see all of these celebrities, and I promise I won't give anything away to you in saying that it worth watching the whole film just to get to this scene alone.
When I see a film like Anchorman 2, it is rare that I can find criticism and despite the fact that the plot line was slightly wild and went off topic here and there, I was still very much impressed by the film in general and particularly the progression of Ron Burgundy's character as he delved into his more selfless side. After reading a fair amount of reviews and YouTube comments that said Anchorman 2 was 'rubbish' and 'not funny,' I think after 10 years people expected the characters to have moved on more and were searching for something more than what can be described as the typical Anchorman jokes. However, to me it was vital that the characters were the same as in the first film so that as Anchorman 2 progressed, we could see the changes within each individual character, particularly the main character Ron Burgundy. Like any film, the Anchorman films will not be for everyone and to like them, you have to be able to engage with a specific type of humour that is crazy, offensive and silly- everything that I wanted and got from Anchorman 2!
If I had to give the film a rating, it would be 8 1/2 out of 10 (awkward, I know) as, truth be told, nothing cannot quite top the first Anchorman film.... but Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues came very close. I will end by saying that if you have not seen the film and don't have any plans for New Year's Day, why not start it the Ron Burgundy way?