News Team: ASSEMBLE! That’s right, Anchorman devotees; a new trailer has been released! The creators are giving us a little taste of what to expect for the sequel’s release in December of this year. I have a feeling it’s going to be an enjoyable trip to pleasure town, glorious rainbows and all…
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (released in 2004) follows a rag-tag team of newscasters from the 1970s as they get into hilariously absurd predicaments supported by even more hilariously absurd dialogue. If the new trailer is any indication, the sequel will offer even more hilarious absurdities for our viewing pleasure.
The new movie picks up in the 80s, which, as we all know, was a completely different decade than the 70s. But the crew is back together and all of the original stars have returned: Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy (duh), Paul Rudd as Brian Fantana, Steve Carell as Brick Tamland, and David Koecher as Champ Kind. We will also, thankfully, see Christina Applegate reprising her role as Veronica Corningstone. However, the sequel will also introduce several new characters played by some major Hollywood hitters: Nicole Kidman, Jim Carrey, Kristen Wiig, Harrison Ford, James Marsden, and John C. Reilly, are among the big names that will be part of this fantastic supporting cast.
The trailer gives us a taste of what we can expect come Christmas time. We see that a developer is trying to get a twenty-four hour news channel off the ground, and who does he go to? Well, the Channel 4 News Team, of course; who else?! Ron Burgundy, who loves the limelight almost as much as he loves scotch, jumps at the chance to get back on television: “I’m gonna do the thing that God put Ron Burgundy on this earth to do: have salon quality hair and read the news!”
It looks like Kristen Wiig’s character will match Carell’s Brick in awkwardness, and could be a potential love-interest for the loveable, but oh-so-strange character.
While there is no explanation of what is happening with Ron and Veronica, Ron gets a little frisky with Meagan Good’s character. She invites him to a dinner with her family and Ron, having absolutely zero tact or social skills, offends at every turn. When Good asks him what he’s doing he says: “I’m breaking down the barriers of race by assimilation. And on that note, which one of you convicts with the longest record can pass me the mashed potatoes?” Oh Ron, will you never learn?!
Bottom line? This movie looks fantastic. I’m always wary about my favorite movies being made into sequels because they so often fail to do the originals justice. But with this group of actors and creators, it’s really hard to imagine that the sequel won’t be just as entertaining as the first. Here’s hoping the sequel doesn’t stink as bad as a turd covered in burnt hair or a used diaper filled with Indian food. I’m not too worried, though. After all, 60% of the time, this ensemble works every time. Here’s hoping this small taste doesn’t leave you pining in your own personal glass case of emotion. You stay classy, readers; and thanks for stopping by! Okay, I’m done now, I promise!