Sequel to Anchorman Solicits Mixed Feedback
by Emma Martin on Friday, February 7th, 2014
Ron Burgundy returned to the big screen when Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues debuted on December 20th, 2013, almost ten years after the 2004 opening of Anchorman. The press and media gave plenty of hype to the sequel months before the movie even hit theaters. From car commercials to ESPN interviews to books to character appearances on morning talk shows, a barrage of media exposure preceding the release of the film led to high expectations for the sequel to such a popular film. Before the premiere of the movie, moviegoers eagerly anticipated seeing what the original crew-Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Brick Tamland (Steve Carrell), and Champ Kind (David Koechner)–were going to deliver in the sequel to the hit comedy.
Will Ferrell, as Ron Burgundy, headlined the heavy promotions of the movie before its release. Ferrell was busy months before the premiere filming commercials for Dodge, broadcasting on a local news station, attending Emerson College for an honoring at the communications school, and even appearing along with the whole gang on an episode of Saturday Night Live completely in character. Why did Ferrell and his gang work so hard to publicize the movie? Rumor had it that Paramount Pictures feared the movie would fall flat after the original film didn’t score huge in the box office like they hoped and heavily discouraged the cast from creating a sequel. Critics, such as Mark Kermode, explained that the original film only brought in $90 million after spending roughly $26 million to make the movie, a lot less than Paramount originally expected.
Did all of Will Ferrell’s and the team’s effort pay off? The movie was definitely funny, and brought back millions of fans to watch their favorite original newscast tackle a new city, but critics were not as enthusiastic about the movie as many moviegoers were. One critic even called the movie “redundant” and “dull.” Over time, the original Anchorman flick gathered quite a following and was widely regarded as one of the funniest Ferrell films to date. Only time will tell if Anchorman 2 garners the same popularity over time, but on the whole, this movie seemed altogether not as popular. As much as the movie was praised by viewers for its hysterical scenes, it was also criticized for its staggered and incomplete plot line.
Personally, I found the movie to be fun, light, and creative. It’s been ten years, but the cast of Anchorman has still got it. Will Ferrell and his team certainly brought back much humor to the big screen. If you’re looking for a good laugh, definitely make a trip to the movie theater and buy a ticket to see Anchorman 2.
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