It’s been 9 long, Burgundy-free years since Anchorman first hit our screens. How old does that make you feel? Those depressing thoughts aside, The Sloth was quite beside ourselves in anticipation of catching up with our favourite cringeworthy newscaster. Would the years have been kind?
Bouffant, ‘tache and fake tan intact, Ron’s (Will Ferrell) over- powdered mug is as distinctive as ever. Sadly, his career isn’t holding up quite so well. Dumped from the station whilst his wife is promoted, Ron’s macho ego can’t take the strain and it’s the end of his marriage as well as his career. Until he gets a call from an old industry buddy. News network GNN (see what they did there) are planning a crazy new concept – 24 hour rolling news and need anchormen. Nothing else for it, Ron takes the gig and sets about reuniting his old news team; Brick (Steve Carrell), Champ (David Koechner), Brian (Paul Rudd) and Baxter the dog.
And with a new network comes a whole new cast of characters for Ron to insult. From slick newscaster golden boy, Jack Lime (James Marsden), to network owner Kench Allenby (Josh Lawson) a Aussie who also owns Koala Bear Airlines (love child of Rupert Murdock & Richard Branson, anyone?? ). And we’re sure we don’t have to spell out Ron’s reactions on finding his new boss Linda (Meagan Good) is not only female, but black.
The gags come thick and fast. To be fair, not all hit the mark. But there are sufficient sly digs at contemporary news, topped off with a liberal helping of slapstick, to ensure at least some will tickle your funny bone. The real treat is the ending. Hold out for a rather splendid and off-the-wall finale with more A-list cameos than you can shake a stick at. Good to see you back, Ron. Just don’t leave it so long next time.
UK release 18 December