Ferrell’s ‘Anchorman’ sequel is ‘kind of a big deal’

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Will Ferrell returns to his role as Ron Burgundy in Anchorman 2, released in theatres Dec. 18. Many CHS students plan to see the movie over Winter Break and look forward to watching the antics of Burgundy’s news crew.

By Ross Tannenbaum, Fact Checker

After a nine-year hiatus, Ron Burgundy and the Channel 4 News Team are back on the big screen.

The sequel to the 2004 hit movie Anchorman was released Dec. 18. The new movie, Anchorman: The Legend Continues, follows the story of Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell, Step Brothers) in his pursuit to make it as a network news anchor. With hilarious performances by Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd, This is 40), Brick Tamland (Steve Carell, Date Night) and Champ Kind (David Koechner, The Comebacks), it is no surprise that the first Anchorman has become such a popular movie.

“I thought the first Anchorman was funny,” sophomore Mengizem Tizale said. “It made me laugh a lot.”

It has taken a whole decade for the new Anchorman to come out. Students, such as Silder, are excited about the fresh comedic material and interesting plot line.

“I am excited for the new movie,” freshman TJ Silder said. “If they use the same style of jokes it should be pretty good.”

In addition to new material, new cast members also joined the already excellent lineup of actors. Students enjoyed seeing Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) and James Marsden (Enchanted) light up the screen as Chani and Jack Lime. Kristen Wigg plays Brick Tamland’s love interest, and James Marsden is playing a new hotshot anchor at the news station.

Students are also excited about the new Anchorman exhibit at the Newseum in Washington D.C. The exhibit, which opened Nov. 14 in celebration of the sequel’s creation, features costumes and props from the first movie.

According to a Nov. 14 article from Rolling Stone, items such as Ron’s legendary Burgundy polyester suit and mystical jazz flute are on display at the exhibit.

Although students greatly anticipated the Anchorman sequel, some question whether the new movie will be as good as its predecessor.

“I don’t think it will be as good as the first one,” sophomore Lance Won said. “Most sequels are not as good as the original movie.”

Anchorman: The Legend Continues

hit theaters in perfect time for students to see it during winter break. With a new story and new material, the movie delivers a lot of laughs in a small amount of time.