The Legend Continues

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Zach Wohl ('15)/ For Eastside

In 2004, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy was released in theaters. After failing to succeed at the box office, the original Anchorman gained a huge fan base on DVD. Also, the predecessor boasted a plethora of quotable one-liners and future stars. Now, after laborious lobbying by many, a sequel has been released. But, does the sequel stand up to the high expectations?

The biggest difference between the sequel and the original is the level of intelligence. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues extends the dumb antics from the original to a very high degree. The jokes in the sequel are quite idiotic and seem to have almost nothing to do with the plot of the film. That being said, the jokes work terrifically, garnering either a small laugh or an unstoppable burst of laughter. It is true that some of the jokes are hit-or-miss, but the spot-on jokes outweigh the failed attempts.

The reason behind the jokes connecting is from the writers. The actors, additionally, improvised a large amount of the actual dialogue, accept that the movie and the jokes are stupid and viewers should not expect some warm and fuzzy comedy, but merely enough random outbursts to conjure up some laughter. Many of the jokes are indeed random and unnecessary, but they still accomplish the task at hand.

Another main difference between the sequel and its predecessor is whom the movie focuses on. The sequel gives a lot more screen time to Brick Tamland, the loveable fool played by Steve Carell, and the difference is noticeable, mainly because he is the funniest character in the movie. The movie does focus mainly on Ron Burgundy though, and his character still delivers the goods as he and his crew travel to New York to start a news station.

In short, despite having a long duration for a comedy, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues provides a huge amount of jokes that will satisfy all. It cannot be determined for a couple of years if this sequel will have as big of an impact on pop culture as the original, but it should please all viewers of the original as well as people who can ignore reason for entertainment.