‘Anchorman 2’ is the Best Movie of the Year
Published: December 18, 2013
The stupid banter, though—oddly enough—becomes an unexpectedly rich thematic motif. It hearkens back to Monty Python, beneath whose truly outrageous sketch comedy lurked a biting satire of Britain’s culture and politics.
Anchorman 2 is actually a really smart satire, with television journalism—or television “journalism,” as it were—in its cross hairs. The film purports to transpire at the precise moment when 24-hour news and “live breaking coverage” were revolutionary ideas. And it’s released at the close of 2013, when news has arrived at what may be considered a cultural and certainly intellectual nadir.
It’s a ridiculous, fictional news team that creates the news format we all recognize—“It's not what Americans need to see,” Burgundy says. “It’s what they want to see—and it’s the same crew that ultimately recognizes its folly.
At one point, while reporting on a nonsensical live car chase, Burgundy fabricates speculation on the identity of the driver at the bidding of his producer: “He’s maybe 6’6”, 6’7”, but a thin 6’7.” Later, Brick Tamland takes the anchor’s chair and reports, in all seriousness, “The itsy bitsy spider crawled up the waterspout” to monster ratings.
This is roughly the merit of many a news program these days, Anchorman 2 says.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Dir. Adam McKay; writ. Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig (PG-13)
Opened December 18 at all Santikos locations except Bijou