The past is beautiful because it cannot be changed. It can, however, be recreated. And unfortunately, it can be diminished. Eminem shows his age on The Marshall Mathers LP 2 by reaching for the ethos of his past self. All these sequels and comebacks. When is it time to call it quits? Well, never, if you’re doing it right.
Tuesday night I was lucky enough to attend an advance screening of “Anchorman 2.” Walking into it I thought, “Ugh, another sequel that’s going to ruin the movie for me.”
Why did I already harbor these ill feelings? Well, a couple years ago, I walked out of “Transformers 3” as soon as I saw one of my favorite models, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, vomiting on a bed for no apparent reason. (Sorry, did I spoil that for you?) Some other notably horrible sequels include: “Airbud 2,” “Caddyshack 2,” “Bring It On 2,” and “Hangover 2.” They are somehow collectively more disappointing than the 2013-14 Knicks.
But I was wrong about “Anchorman 2.” Actually, wrong is an understatement. Not only did the sequel avoid tainting the memory of the original, a movie that holds a special place in my heart, it actually added to the fondness, increasing my preexisting joy.
I can now safely say I love all Judd Apatow films (aside from “This is 40,” which happens to be a sequel of sorts). I didn’t just love the movie, I love what it made me realize. “Anchorman 2” is just a sequel, but it created a completely new standard for what sequels can be. It took advantage of the concept that if you incorporate actual history into your storytelling, you can make people laugh, while also enabling them to think and learn.
Adam McKay and Will Ferrell took a risk with this sequel – sequels inherently come with lots of risk. But with just the right amount of celebrity cameos, “Anchorman 2” keeps the audience on their toes and asking for more. Ferrell gives the performance I had been longing for. He handles three major setbacks with grace, passion, and tremendous believability.
Ferrell’s relationship with his young son develops throughout the movie, and makes us realize the soft spot that Ron Burgundy has for the ones that he loves. All in all, get to the theater this holiday season and see “Anchorman 2”. It’s clear that they put in the effort, so why don’t we?