What can I say about Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, other than the title should have been Anchorman 2: The Legend Repeats. Being a big fan of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, this sequel is destined to disappoint fans. I find it difficult to understand how Hollywood continues to make the same mistake over and over when it comes to blockbuster sequels. The first Anchorman was an innovative and surprising movie, which is what made it so popular. It was original and a great execution of bringing together comedians peppered with some amazing cameos. I get it... if I am a Hollywood executive and I look at the wild popularity of the first movie why wouldn't I say, Let's do it again? Although, I wish it wasn't literally.
I am wondering why it's so difficult to come up with an original story and not a more ridiculous version of the same script. This same mistake was made with The Hangover, a movie that in my opinion should have never had a sequel.
It is going to be an experiment of mine to run Anchorman and Anchorman 2 side-by-side to see how much alike they actually are. I fully understand that part of the problem is on us as fans and movie goers. We will all go see Anchorman 2 this weekend and we will all be disappointed, but by that time it's to late the executives are already running to the bank. It makes sense from a business standpoint to create a repeatable concept and then rake in the money. The executives know whatever garbage is on screen will be watched by fans expecting the same feeling as they had for the first movie. How do we break this trend?
Some of the best parts of Anchorman 2 had nothing to do with the movie itself. The endless marketing we have seen over the past year has been hilarious. Live broadcasts, live events, commercials, and signage have all been great. I wish they would have taken some of the marketing budget/ideas and put it into creating a better movie. I get that the movie is suppose to be stupid and trust me my expectations were not very high, but I was hoping to be surprised and I wasn't. Don't get me wrong, I laughed, but this is not a movie I am going to recommend anyone to go see in a theater. I'll say watch it on Netflix or rent it for a dollar from Redbox, because to me that's all it worth. It certainly is not worth the millions of dollars it will make in the box office. There are FAR better movies out right now.
I know I am complaining, but I would like to offer my solution to the question, What would I have done differently if I wrote Anchorman 2?
I would have gone back to what made the first one so good. Shock and awe. I think it would have been amazing if the movie itself was only 45 minutes and then the credits rolled and when the audience is left wondering what the hell they just paid for, a behind the scenes mockumentary begins spliced with outtakes from the filming. To me that would have been an original idea utilizing some of the key things that makes the Anchorman news team so funny. It has nothing to do with the plot or the story, it has to do with the slap stick, comedic genius of getting all these guys in front of a camera together and seeing what they do. I think this could have been pulled off well for this particular movie, because we already know and love the characters.
I felt in a lot of ways I was watching a bad SNL skit for two hours. Some of my favorite SNL moments have been when the actors are laughing or messing with each other. One of the tipping points for me in Anchorman 2 was (SPOILER ALERT) there weren't even any outtakes! Seriously?
Anyway, that is my rant on the modern day comedy sequels. Thank you for your time.