Will Ferrell and the rest of the cast return for Anchorman 2. Set around ten years after the last film, Ron Burgundy and Veronica Corningstone are still co-presenting the news and are living a happily married life with their son until a shake-up at the station causes Ron to lose his job and lay down an unrealistic ultimatum to Veronica that means he loses his wife as well. After an unsuccessful period at the local aquarium, Ron is offered a job at a rolling news channel in New York and attempts to get the old team back together.
That all happens in the first 5 minutes by the way, so no spoilers there.
So, it’s actually very funny at the start. The clips of Ron doing warm-up vocal exercises and the clips of him making on-air mistakes are very good. Once they arrive at the New York offices it’s promising initially, but it quickly loses all focus and direction. It resorts to a lot of shock and recovery just for something to do and it’s a bit like being on a fairground ride that keeps lurching up and down and up and down. It keeps leaving the newsroom, the area full of potential, for weird stretches in places like lighthouses where they scrabble around looking for the comedy.
Some of the scenes don’t work at all (the racial scenes are particularly wince inducing) and although it looks like they had a great time making it, you leave the cinema a little disappointed.
3 on 5
Director: Adam MacKay
Starring: Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Christina Applegate, Meagan Good, James Marsden, Josh Lawson, Kristen Wiig, Harrison Ford UK Release: 20th December 2013