Monday, May 12, 2014

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

The dead-horse exploits of Ron Burgundy and the Channel 4 News Team are flogged in this over-long, disappointing sequel. Stilted, forced, and nearly laugh-free; Anchorman 2 struggles and flails about desperately trying to recapture the magic of Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy. Absurd antics reminiscent of the first film are still in abundance, but they all have the air of ideas left in a notepad in the ten years since the first movie was in theaters. Sure, there's a bottle-fed shark, and some ice dancing to jazz flute, but there's also cringeworthy racial humor that falls flat. Kristen Wiig, Meagan Good, and Christina Applegate are wasted, and child actor Judah Nelson continuously looks offscreen for direction. Two hours is too much, and the "epic" cameo-filled battle near the end of the film is a CGI-filled pile of meh that couldn't come soon enough. Anchorman 2 is an unfocused mess.

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