– Napoleon Dynamite.
With a Tomatoemeter reading of 74%, all the funny Dodge Durango ads, and an appreciation of Steve Carell, I figured I’d get some enjoyment out of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, even though I’ve only seen pieces of the original. Boy was I wrong.
On top of the above-mentioned assets, I learned in the opening credits that this is a Judd Apatow production. Wow what a waste of talent. Anchorman 2 is a big plastic rubber ball: it induces no sensation at all. If it weren’t for wanting to document it in this blog, I would have walked out around the one-third mark.
Humor is even more subjective than movies in general. I’ve never been a fan of Will Ferrell — I just don’t think he’s that funny. I’ve always thought of Michael McDonald as Mad TV‘s much funnier version of a tall quirky comic, and felt there’s never been much point to Will Ferrell.
The flatness at the core of this horrible picture sweeps out like a giant bacteria to suck the life out of all supporting characters. Carell, for example, is different here than other pics, strange and quirky, but the material just isn’t there. Finally, about halfway through, I had a couple slight chuckles, but all the acting talent in the world can’t save the wretched writing.
And I think this movie knows its not funny. In an effort to justify itself, at the end of the movie a cavalcade of cameos is thrown in: Harrison Ford (also appearing at the beginning), Jim Carrey, Vince Vaughn, Will Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Liam Neeson and Kanye West, among others, all of whom are little more laugh-inducing than the rest of the movie.
As I said, comedy is highly subjective. I don’t know what the critics are seeing to yield a 74% Tomatoemeter score — best I can figure, it’s the same critics who basked in the 70’s vintage stylings of American Hustle. Regarding hit comedies: I didn’t like The Hangover, either, but for me, The Hangover was a hundred times better than Anchorman 2. Stick to the Durango ads, and skip the movie. 1/10