HUB Movie Review: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
When it says “the legend continues,” it actually means the inappropriateness continues and is brought to a whole other level.
This, ladies and gents, is Anchorman 2.
In the first Anchorman, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) underwent his demise. His hair was terrible. But he came back to and saved San Diego News. He married the woman of his dreams and beat his rival, Wes Mantooth. And now, he must do it all again.
Burgundy and his wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), are heading a newscast in New York. But when Veronica is promoted for obvious reasons, and Ron isn’t (I mean, all he is, is a mustache and a great hairdo), he storms out like a man and becomes depressed.
He is then asked to work for GNN (Global News Network), and he re-teams with his old newscast, as they head to New York. They meet new obstacles, including a woman and a rival anchor, as well as the changing social climate of the 80s.
The scenes are just as ridiculous, the satire just as spot-on, Burgundy just as insulting and Brick is...just Brick.
Much of the movie references the first one, so if you hear someone laughing at something which you didn’t think was funny, then you can assume that person is an avid Anchorman fan (or they just saw the first Anchorman hours before this one to understand the references).
Being what the movie is and considering what actually goes on in it, it has received favorable reviews. IMDb audiences gave it a 7.2, Metacritic gave it a 61, and RottenTomatoes top critics certified it fresh with 69.
On the Penn State Scale...
1—when Penn State loses a game,
2—an 8 a.m class (which are awful),
3—a canceled 8 a.m class,
4— free textbooks,
and 5—free Creamery ice cream for a whole year,
3.8. Despite all the lines that shock you and make you think “I will go to hell for laughing at this,” this movie does have merit to it (except for Broadcast Journalists who deny the news world is anything like this). It is not as good as the first one, some jokes are hit and miss, and sometimes it is just outright messy. But for what it’s worth, a comedy it is.
Get classy, Staters, buy some Ben and Jerry’s “Ron Burgundy Scotchy Scotch Scotch” ice cream and head out to see your favorite worst newsman.
Also, have a nice Valentine’s evening with Ron’s mustache.
*This movie will show on Thursday at 10 p.m., and on Friday and Saturday it will show at 9 p.m. Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be shown on Friday and Saturday at 11 p.m.
Sofia Westin is a freshman majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact her, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Senior / Broadcast Journalism, Economics
Sofia currently works as a Digital Signage producer for Barnes & Noble College at Penn State University since September. Previously she served as Project Manager and Producer for Peer to Peer Productions, run by the College of Communications. She has held numerous leadership positions and several positions within broadcast and PR.
She wants to work in business communications and marketing for a global company.