Anchorman 2: Mediocrity, Alas

So I just saw Anchorman 2. Meh.

Anchorman 2: MehSure, there’s no way any sequel to the classic original could live up to almost a decade of expectations, but this film really felt like pandering to the lowest common denominator. And I feel like a chump, having spent the ticket money.

Sigh.

Still, Anchorman 2 is not terrible. It’s just… a reminder of the times. I guess all these stars have to get paid, but… come on. The original was inspired, and that’s what made it a classic. This thing is just a weird mess, and I have no desire to see it again. Unlike the original, which I will likely never tire of. Oh, well.

will-ferrell-coverSince this post is about PR, I do have to hand it to the PR and/or marketing folks for getting some hype happening around the film. Seeing Will Ferrell/Ron Burgundy on the cover of Dog Fancy when I went to get food for my dogs is well-played, indeed. Not to mention the teaser trailer and obvious hype machine in full force prior to release.

If you haven’t seen Anchorman 2 yet and are a fan of the original, do not let this post dissuade you. Go see it. Or, if you’re patient, wait for the DVD/Netflix release. For science.

In the meantime, here’s some genuinely enjoyable Will Ferrell from the SNL days:

SNL Jeopardy Suck It Trebek

What do you think? Did you love Anchorman 1 and feel disappointed by Anchorman 2? Did you never see Anchorman at all and wonder what all the hype is about? Let us hear from you in the comments.

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