THIS sequel to the 2004 film has been long-anticipated by all those who loved the quirky, quick-fire humour of the original tale of four San Diego newsmen in the Seventies.
When Anchorman first opened it was something of an acquired taste and did not do very well at the box office. But that greatest of promotional tools — word of mouth — soon got out and turned it into a bit of a cult classic.
At the time, leading man Will Ferrell, who also co-wrote the script, had just made it big with the starring role in Christmas movie Elf, and had just quit Saturday Night Live.
Now he is back as Ron Burgundy, the red-suited frontman, who arrives in New York 10 years later, ready to take the latest TV channel by storm.
He and his cronies, played once again by David Koechner, Paul Rudd and Steve Carell, work the graveyard shift while Ron’s ambitious wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), is now working on a rival network.
If Ron’s original ideas for livening up the news coverage with ducks-on-skateboard type stories was a bit risqué in the Seventies, a decade on it’s become commonplace and he is a visionary.
Critics say that for the most part this film is as funny as its predecessor, and the writers brilliantly capture the bad hair and silly fashions of the era.
Film: Anchorman: The Legend Continues
Director: Adam McKay
Starring: Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Christina Applegate, Meagan Good