Anchorman 2 – Review ★★★

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The legendary Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is back in the most-anticipated sequel of the decade, ready to take the world by storm. We catch up with him in classy 1970s New York, where he’s married to once-rival anchorwoman Victoria Corningstone (Christina Applegate) and the couple now presents the news together. That is, until Victoria is promoted to evening news and Ron is fired, ending his career and his marriage.

Desperate and alone, Ron accepts an offer to join a new global news channel, ‘GNN’, and brings back together his old gang – Brick (Steve Carrell), Brian (Paul Rudd) and Champ (David Koechner). Their plan to raise ratings involves some unconventional practices, which Ron calls ‘giving the people what they want’ – footage of cute puppies, winning football goals and smoking crack on air.

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The team enjoy phenomenal overnight success and soon Ron is back at the top of his game, supported by his new girlfriend and GNN producer Linda Jackson (Meagan Good) who Ron is quick to remind us, is black (cue awkward racial slurs).

While the gags are plentiful, they don’t always hit the right notes, and many of them fall on deaf ears. But much like Airplane! and it’s ilk, even if only 50% of the gags make you snort, you’ll leave feeling like you’ve laughed non-stop for 2 hours.

Will Ferrell is on top form as the legendary Ron Burgundy, stealing all the best lines and soon-to-become catchphrases, but has to share the stage with a whole host of comic talent, from Kristen Wiig to James Marsden and Harrison Ford, not to mention the surprise cameos in the Battle of the Newscasters that easily puts the original film in the shadows.

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Director Adam McKay (Step Brothers, The Other Guys) does a great job of imbuing a political undercurrent on the state of America without stifling the comedy. While Anchorman 2 may not be the most intelligent film at the box office (or at the bookshop), it’s a lot of fun and could easily be one of the best comedies of the year.

Flossie Topping is the former Editor-in-Chief of Critics Associated (2013-2015).