I’m trying very, very hard not to get too excited for Anchorman: The Legend Continues because of the considerable risk of disappointment I’m running, but the first full-length trailer for the movie is absolutely not helping my efforts to contain my enthusiasm:
Ferrell, for all that he’s a big, loud goof in a lot of his comedy, is an actor with a great deal of interest moments when American culture is shifting in some significant way, particularly when he’s collaborating with Adam McKay, as he did on the original Anchorman, the underrated Talladega Nights, and The Other Guys. If Anchorman was about the arrival of women not just in the workforce but in occupations that men believed to be specifically reserved for them as a result of their maleness, it looks like Anchorman: The Legend Continues has an equally good idea. It’s going to explore what happens when someone like Burgundy, whose ego was healthy enough when he worked in local news, goes national, and what happens when broadcast news, which in Anchorman was padded out with panda pregnancy watches and cat fashion shows, goes from hour-long slots to round-the-clock coverage. That’s an incredibly rich area for critique, and I can’t wait to see what happens when the news team has to fill that much programming, how Ron will react when he meets a rival anchor with better hair in the form of James Marsden, and whether it’s possible for him to destroy race relations in America in a single dinner.