Coming from someone who hasn't seen the first one, take my word that if you are like me and haven't seen the first one, you don't actually need to see the first one to understand what's happening. The story is fairly simple. After losing his job as an anchorman to his wife, which causes problems with them, Ron Burgundy is on the streets in a rather tough position. Suddenly he is given the opportunity to start the first 24-hour news broadcast. He initially thinks it's a bad idea, but then he accepts the job, gathers his old crew, and is back doing what God put Ron Burgundy on this earth to do: have salon quality hair and read the news.
Will Ferrell is sometimes hit and miss for me. At times he is really dirty and stupid. Other times he great. I have to say Elf is one of my favorite Christmas movies and it's because of Will Ferrell. Also I really am a huge fan of The Other Guys and several other of his movies. So overall I'd call myself a fan. When he gets into a role, he is 100 percent into the role and that to me is the sign of a good actor. This one I would say is more of a hit for me on his part. Yes there were times where I wasn't impressed or was wondering why certain things were happening. But Will Ferrell, like always, was super into his role. He WAS Ron Burgundy and it looked like he was enjoying himself. But he's not the only positive in this. My favorite character in this movie was Steve Carrell. I don't know if I've ever been super impressed with Carrell, but I suppose that's because I never saw Anchorman because that character was brilliant! He was making me laugh out loud the whole movie.
This wasn't actually the best comedy I've seen this year. That award might go to Red 2 or The Internship. For most of the movie, I was actually unimpressed. Yes, I laughed quite a bit, especially with Brick, but it wasn't sucking me in, and I wasn't impressed with the story. Also, it was a little too dirty at times, which I guess is to be expected with an Anchorman movie. However, after going through a lot of the movie feeling unimpressed, we then got to the ending. Wow! I'm not going to say what happens, but I actually found the end of this movie quite epic! It made the whole movie worth it. If you liked the first one, I'd say give this a shot. If you never saw the first movie, but you like Will Ferrell or Steve Carrell, I'd say give this a shot. If you never saw the first one, but you don't like Ferrell or Carrell, they probably won't convert you to be honest. But I walked out of this movie entertained, so take that for what it's worth. I'll give Anchorman 2 a 7 out of 10.