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Film review: Anchorman 2

On December 19, 2013

By Rebecca McRitchie

News team assemble!

Written by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, and produced by Judd Apatow, the sequel to 2004's Anchorman has been one of the most anticipated movies of the year. Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd and David Koechner reprise their iconic news team roles in what is an incredibly funny follow-up.

Filled with great one-liners that range from Julius Caesar to Olivia Newton John, and events that range from a jazz flute performance on ice to bottle-feeding a shark, the sequel follows Ron Burgundy and his team as they aim to take New York's first 24-hour news channel by storm.

For fans, there are a few references to some much-loved scenes from the first movie, but through great improvisation, the jokes are also new and effortlessly evolve to create scenes full of arbitrary yet lovable silliness.

McKay and Ferrell step it up a notch not only in terms of how far they can push their comedic boundaries on issues such as race and gender, but also thematically, raising the question of what constitutes “news” by critiquing the existence of 24-hour news channels.

The movie is positively bursting at the seams with guest appearances from most of comedy's finest such as Kristen Wiig, Jim Carrey, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Sacha Baron Cohen, along with other actors who were evidently eager to be a part of the film such as Harrison Ford, James Marsden, Kirsten Dunst, Greg Kinnear, Kanye West, Marion Cotillard and Liam Neeson.

Some moviegoers may be quick to label the sequel as bloated, but I would much rather prefer a movie that has more of a good thing than less of it, particularly when considering the incredible amount of lacklustre comedies of late.

Overall I give Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues a 4.5 out of 5. Like Ron Burgundy himself, it's kind of a big deal.

Anchorman 2 is released in cinemas across Australia today.

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