Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues has been a long time coming—nine years to be exact. The original is up there with my all-time favorite comedies, and before seeing the sequel, I wisely noted that I didn’t expect it to be a better movie. If it even came close to the quality of the first, it would be a win in my book. So, is it? Well, that depends on just how much insanity you can take before giving up and calling it a day.
When I say it’s basically a bunch of skits thrown together, I somehow mean that as a compliment. It’s not hard to notice the rhythm of Anchorman 2: scene starts with a setup, goes on for a minute or so, the jokes hit, end scene. I’m sure I could come up with a list of movies that don’t play at all because of the same exact thing, but for whatever reason, the format works for me here. Once I look back on Anchorman 2 after having seen it more than once, maybe I’ll start to be irritated by its obvious skit nature or the fact that the filmmakers took the ball, ran with it, dunked it in Kool-aid, and tried to make everyone else revel in absurdity, but for the time being, I’m on board. At the end of the day, I laughed my ass off, even though it’s a bit slow to start. But once everyone gets on board the crazy train, it never really slows down.