Will Ferrell's Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues – reviews

Anchorman 2

'Howlingly funny' newsreader Ron Burgundy leaves the 70s behind for a satire on 24-hour news

LAST UPDATED AT 08:13 ON Wed 18 Dec 2013
What you need to know

Reviewers are calling Will Ferrell's comedy sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, opening today in UK cinemas, "howlingly funny". Like the 2004 original Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, it is directed by Adam McKay and produced by Judd Apatow.

Ferrell reprises his lead role as pompous dunderhead newsreader Ron Burgundy, but in Anchorman 2 he swaps 1970s San Diego for 1980s New York as he scores a job on the graveyard shift of a 24-hour news channel. Christina Applegate returns as Ron's newsreader wife, and Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, and Vince Vaughn also reprise their roles from the first film.

What the critics like

Ferrell remains "as pompous, gloriously self-satisfied and caked in tangerine foundation as ever", says Kate Muir in The Times. But it's the surreal wrongness of the lines that makes the Anchorman series so howlingly funny.

It's a bawdy, on-target take on what's become of TV news, and it's "packed with wacky performers", says Adam McKay in the Hollywood Reporter. Farrell, is, as before, a dunderheaded delight in this role and comedically, everyone's on the same page.

Ferrell and his co-writers haven't lost their abilities to "conjure up a killer gag at regular intervals", says Andrew Pulver in The Guardian. This Anchorman sequel knows who its fans are, and does its best to keep them happy. 

What they don't like

In the same way that old bands feel obliged to roll out their greatest hits in concert, "Anchorman 2 retreads many of the first film's jokes and ideas", says Robbie Collin in the Daily Telegraph. The legend loses something in the retelling, but what's new here is mostly worth the trip. · 

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