ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES (“Super-Sized R-Rated Version”) Review

I thought Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues was hilarious, and it was no surprise that there was an alternate cut featuring different jokes.  There was plenty of riffing on set, and director Adam McKay had a wealth of choices when trying to find the right jokes.  Even at two hours, the original breezed by, and while I didn't like it quite as much on a second viewing, it was still quite enjoyable.  Now a "Super-Sized R-Rated" version has been released, and in many ways it improves the original by showing that McKay made the right call on which jokes to use and which ones to leave on the cutting room floor.  Although there are some additions in the new version that are superior to the original, the new cut is plenty of bloat to the point where some of the jokes don't even make sense.  The comic timing is completely off as it seems like the goal of the new version was to add more and make it slightly different, but not better or even as good as the original. The plot of the new version is almost completely identical to the original.  The prologue and epilogue have been changed, and there's the addition of a musical number that absolutely stinks, but other than that, all of the scenes are the same.  It's still the story about Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) reassembling his news team, and going to work at the 24-hour news network, GNN.  There's still the satirical aspect of ...
February 28, 2014