18 Dec The Script Lab Review – Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Following 2003’s Elf, it was safe to assume Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy became next in a long string of blockbuster successes for Will Ferrell. The film stared Ferrell as the extremely egotistical news reporter dealing with the arrival of female co-anchor Veronica Corningstone played by Christina Applegate. Anchorman drew a lot of its comedy from American culture during the 1970s and the emerging Action News format becoming a then standard for local television reporting. Rounding out the cast included Paul Rudd’s portrayal of oversexed field reporter Brian Fantana, Steve Carell as bumbling meteorologists Brick Tamland and chauvinistic sports reporter Champion “Champ” Kind given life through David Koechner. Almost ten years later, the original cast and director Adam McKay return for its follow-up Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. While the clever yet jocular tone that gave fans classic scenes involving renditions of Starland Vocal Band’s “Afternoon Delight,” Sex Panthers and Baxter (Burgundy’s dog) returns, there aren’t enough real laughs elevating it anywhere near its much loved predecessor.