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by Chrystal Byrne (subscribe)
Freelance writer living on Brisbane's north side. Studied creative industries - currently studying library and information services.
Published December 22nd 2013
The legend has returned
Ron Burgundy is back. Armed with his perfect 1970s hair, tailored suits, and irreplaceable, testosterone-fuelled Channel 4 news team; the legendary Ron Burgundy has returned to the big screen, ostensibly with even more inappropriate jokes, clever comedy and wacky dialogue than before. Whammy!

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) is the long-awaited—much anticipated—sequel to the 2004 cult comedy classic, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Anchorman 2 sees the return of funny-man Will Ferrell as the leading 'hero'—newsreader Ron Burgundy; Paul Rudd as head field reporter Brian Fantana; David Koechner as sports-caster Champion 'Champ' Kind; Steve Carell as mentally-challenged chief meteorologist Brick Tamland; and Christina Applegate as Ron's co-anchor, lady newsreader and wife (a new development since the original Anchorman), Veronica Corningstone.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues theatrical poster - compliments of Wikipedia.

So here's a bit of a rundown:

Ron Burgundy and his wife, Veronica Corningstone, are co-anchors for a prestigious news network in New York City. When they are approached by one of the most famous nightly news anchors in the city, they 'naturally' both assume that he's going to announce his retirement—and promote the married duo in his stead. Well, they're mostly right. The popular news anchor is indeed retiring, and is looking for his replacement—but at the conclusion of the meeting Veronica is the one looking to advance, whilst the legend himself is left jobless. Angry, jealous and humiliated, Ron storms out of the family home—leaving Veronica and his young son, Walter (Judah Nelson), to fend for themselves.

A few months later sees Ron back in San Diego; disassociated, drunk and depressed. Improper and unmanageable, Ron gets fired from his job as a presenter at Sea World— triggering a botched suicide attempt. Just like the story line of the first Anchorman film, Ron's life—and classy appearance—is seemingly in tatters. But wait, it doesn't end here for San Diego's most famous newsreader.

During Ron's dark days, he's contacted by an agent working for GNN (Global News Network), the world's first 24 hour news network, located in New York. The agent offers Ron a position with the network, and Ron goes in search of his buddies—the rest of the old Channel 4 news team—minus Veronica, who is revelling in her new position. Ron, Brian, Champ and Brick are together again, and must start at the bottom of GNN before they can reach the top; challenging popular, young, rival newsreader, Jack Lime (James Marsden); sparking the attention of their female African-American boss, Linda Jackson (Meagan Good); and wreaking havoc all over the city—spewing out a new selection of those unforgettable one-liners that the Anchorman crew are renowned for.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013).

Following on from the original, here are a few (just enough to leave you wanting more) of the new one-liners from the Anchorman crew:

  • "Every day I get here half an hour early and sexually assault a star fish."
  • "Sweet cream on nipples!"
  • "It looked like she was walking a dog balloon."
  • "Suicide makes you hungry; I don't care what anyone says."
  • "By the hymen of Olivia Newton-John!"
  • "I bet his poop smells like Sandalwood."
  • "I can always guess how many jellybeans are in a jellybean jar, even if I'm wrong."

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Cast members at the film's Australian premiere in November, 2013 - compliments of Wikipedia.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is directed by Adam McKay, produced by Judd Apatow, written by McKay and Ferrell, and distributed by Paramount Pictures—just like the original Anchorman. As well as the key cast members mentioned above, Anchorman 2 sees stars such as: Kristen Wiig, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Will Smith, Jim Carrey, Sacha Baron Cohen, Kanye West, and the return of Vince Vaughn as Ron's one-time rival anchor, Wes Mantooth.

Just like its predecessor, Anchorman 2 is a whirlwind of quirky humour, random dialogue, memorable one-liners and fun stereotyped characters. The Anchorman series (can I call it a series now? Duo? Two-some?) is not one to be taken seriously—it's just nonsensical clever entertainment. Although Ron Burgundy is ignorant, egotistical, misogynistic, chauvinistic and narcissistic; amongst a good many other things (like deluded and ridiculous); Ferrell still manages to portray him with humanity and feeling, giving viewers cause for likeability. Plus, who doesn't like a funny-man? Ron and his news team are amusing to watch—which I guess is the reason why the Anchorman brand is so successful.

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy - my personal copy.

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