Anchorman sequel plays up to success

Anchorman 2
Anchorman 2

Love it or loathe it, ‘Anchorman’ was one of the most influential comedies of the 21st Century.

It sparked a new generation of comedy that rendered Adam Sandler obsolete (which can only be a good thing) and cemented the likes of Will Ferrell, Steve Carell and Paul Rudd as serious comedy players.

The film opens in the 80s, where Ron Burgundy finds himself unemployed after his wife beats him to a lead anchor job. Ron is subsequently offered the 2 a.m. slot on the world’s first 24-hour rolling news network run by a corrupt Australian billionaire that in no way resembles Rupert Murdoch.

The film plays up to the successful parts of the first film, especially Steve Carell’s harmless yet idiotic weatherman, but it also stays fresh with the added ingredient of inappropriate racism.

The film is also about half an hour too long, as the last third of the film sees an overblown fight scene that includes too many self-aware cameos and nods to the genius of the first film. In all, the film does the complete opposite of Burgundy’s catchphrase in the first film - “stay classy.” But who really cares? It’s funny.