Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues [Celluloid Hero]
Damn you, Will Ferrell. I have done a number of Ferrell movies as part of [Celluloid Hero], ranging from good to okay to not good to just bad. I’ve watched a bunch more of his movies that never made it to [CH], and they’ve all run the gamut from excellent to terrible. Every time I watch a bad one, I tell myself I’m over him…but then I get sucked into his next project, it’s hilarious, and I’m hooked again. Will Ferrell is a drug I cannot kick. “Anchorman 2″ might be the one I finally OD on.
I have seen the first “Anchorman” about eleven thousand times. It’s one of those movies I will stop and watch if I’m flipping through channels, no matter how much time is left. I can quote the movie to the point where it feels like I wrote the script myself. I tried desperately to keep my expectations for the sequel low, but when I heard that the entire cast plus writer/director Adam McKay would all be back, I let myself get intrigued.
The most damning thing I can say about this movie is that I barely remember it. I laughed a few times but I can’t recall why, and the plot is pretty much gone from my memory. Even the first half of the movie was receding as I watched the second half. The lead characters were let downs, and the new supporting characters seemed like they were trying to act in an Anchorman sequel.
I understand the difficulty of doing a sequel nine years after the original. I’ve gotten older, I’ve (allegedly) matured, so maybe my tastes are different from what they were. Maybe if I saw the original for the first time, I would think it was stupid. I know that deep down inside, both movies are somewhat similar in tone, neither one is meant to be highbrow humor, but the second one just felt so derivative from the first. I expected something watchable, and was left disappointed.
On the [Celluloid Hero] scale, “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” gets a 2 out of 10.