Ron Burgundy’s sour return


The Channel 4 News Team and Ron Burgundy returned to the big screen when Anchorman 2 hit theaters December 18th. The sequel to the wildly popular Anchorman gave fans more of what they loved in the first one. The movie pins Ron Burgundy Having left San Diego for New York City, Ron Burgundy is living the high life with his wife Veronica Corningstone and son Walter Burgundy. However, when the boss decides to promote Veronica to full time lead anchor and fire Ron, everything changes. Now heading back to San Diego, Ron is washed up and working part time at Sea World.

Ron is given a shot at redemption when he is offered a job at GNN, the first 24 hour news station. Burgundy accepts the job and proceeds to reunite the news team of Champ, Brick, and Brian, and head back to New York City. While there, Ron and his news team are given the graveyard shift and a challenge. Ron comes up with a radical new idea to transform the news and that puts him at the top of the game once again.

Overall, the movie is definitely worth a view but nothing nearly as good as the original. I feel that in the sequel the writers and cast tried to keep too many people happy. They reused jokes and strayed from the plot at times. Obviously, one should not expect a really good plot from a movie like Anchorman but at times it strayed so far off it became stupid.

Another down side of the movie was the increased role of Brick. The role of Brick was funny in the first movie, Steve Carrel is funny, but Brick was over used and proved he couldn’t hold his own without the other members of the News Team. In the sequel they introduce a love interest for Brick. She goes for the whole stupid/retarded thing similarly to Brick. I thought pretty much every scene that featured the two together was stupid.

I did enjoy the movie but at times it did flirt with the line between funny and stupid. It is very hard for a successful comedy sequel to live up to its original. I personally will watch the movie multiple more times just because I love the character of Ron Burgundy so much, but as a whole the movie did not live up to the hype.