Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy was a surprise hit when it was released in 2004. The term ‘hit’ is somewhat of an understatement; it was a mega success, or so it became in the years that followed. The comedy powerhouse duo of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay delivered to the world what is now deemed a cult classic; arguably the greatest comedy film of the 21st century.
The infamous news team of Ron Burgundy (Ferrell), Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Champ Kind (David Koechner) and Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) will go down in cinematic history as one of the wackiest foursomes that has ever hit our screens. What made Anchorman so popular was its unpredictability. A ridiculously talented comedic cast able to deploy their impressive improvisation skills in the most random of environments led to the film becoming one of the most quotable films there has ever be. I mean, you stay classy…
It was a surprise package; a film that brought the world not just one of the most random, quirkiest comedy comedies ever produced, but also introduced the world to the Ferrell/McKay partnership that has since produced such hits as Talladega Nights: The Ballard of Ricky Bobby, Step Brothers and The Other Guys.
Now we are just weeks away from the highly anticipated sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, which has left Anchorman fan-boys drooling ever since Ferrell (in character as Burgundy) announced it was happening live on US TV chat show Conan in March last year. Promotional work has been in overdrive for the film in recent months, including Ben & Jerry’s ‘Scotchy, Scotch, Scotch’ Anchorman ice-cream, branded Tango bottles, an Anchorman exhibit at The Washington D.C. museum and much, much more. Cashing in on the highly-marketable Anchorman name is of no surprise to anyone. Whether it has been overdone, however, is another debate entirely.
The real issue here is, with such an intense promotional campaign, and with anticipation already at fever pitch prior to this, are we all being set up for one mighty Anchorman-induced fall? The worry remains over whether the gang can recreate the same spontaneous quirky humour that made the first film so successful. Everyone expects so much and unlike before the release of the first film, the pressure is really on Ferrell and co. to reproduce the same high standards.
Ferrell and McKay are an exceptional comedy duo and in that respect, there is no one else you would want in this position of pressure. However, this will be the biggest test of their partnership and arguably the most important point in the acting career of the comedic genius that is Will Ferrell.
Everyone expects; Anchorman 2 must deliver.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues will be released on 18th December.