In Australia we are blessed to have a rich history of great comedies that have poked fun at the news – from Good News Week to Frontline, we’ve explored reporting the news as a wealthy source of comedic happenings.
In the sequel we see Ron passed over for a prime time news gig in favour of Veronica and he gives her the choice – him or the job.
Burgundy despite his blustery mustachioed appearance and perfect hair and is a fragile creature and it’s the moments where he is close to breaking point or indeed broken, that are most effective.
This sequel, while providing some good laughs on a Friday night at the movies, seemed to lose it’s way in the story about halfway through the film, and what was widespread laughter in the cinema began to become more sporadic until picking up again in the last ten minutes.
I love watching Will Ferrell, but I felt he was upstaged in the absurdity stakes by Steve Carrell as weatherman Brick Tamland, whose interactions with his new colleague played by (Kristen Wiig) as well as just about any moment he opens his mouth are the star of the show.
One of the most fun moments in the film comes from an unnecessary scene as Ron struggles to redeem himself to his wife and son, when the rival news gangs fight it out in a similar fashion to the same scene in the first film. The only difference between the scenes are the faces, with the likes of Will Smith, Liam Neeson and Sasha Baron Cohen popping up.
There are funnier Will Ferrell films, but there probably aren’t too many funnier films at the cinema right now.
3 & ½.