Last night I had the opportunity to catch Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and I have to say that I walked away with mixed feelings. For the most part, the laughs were there (especially the scenes with Greg Kinnear and the “getting the team back together” sequence early on). I also thought the decision to place the Channel 4 News Team at the dawn of the 24 hour news cycle was great in that it gave Ron and Co. the chance to be pioneers of the trade and provided the pic solid footing from which to deliver its well-placed jabs at the current state of the broadcast news industry. On the other hand, some of the film’s gags and multiple cameos landed with a huge thud for me and I’m still a little surprised at how ridiculously over the top it becomes in the final 20 minutes or so (even for an Anchorman sequel). All in all, if you enjoyed the original then I think there’s enough magic left in the tank that you’ll have fun with The Legend Continues. Just don’t be surprised if you leave the theater less than thrilled to experience the next installment in Ron Burgundy’s story.
My notes aside, this week’s Top 5 highlights the first trailer for Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar, interviews with Will Ferrell and more for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, the first trailer for 22 Jump Street, American Hustle interviews with Christian Bale and more, and Matt’s editorial on why “Worst Of” lists are, for the lack of a better word, the worst. Read on for a brief recap and link to each of the above.
1. First Trailer for Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR
Last Saturday, Warner Bros. released the first teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and, in doing so, spoiled any other story’s chances of garnering this week’s top spot. Call me a Nolan fanboy if you must. I don’t think the guy walks on water, just that he makes a better blockbuster than anyone working in the Hollywood system today. Oh, and that Hans Zimmer piece on display in the trailer ain’t too shabby either.
2. ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES Interviews and Review
While my first impressions of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues are lukewarm, I still think it’s a must-see for anyone who had a blast with the Channel 4 News Team the first time around. In fact, just seeing all Ron, Champ, Brian, and Brick together again on screen was worth the price of admission. Don’t take my word for it, though, check out Matt’s review where he claims it’s this year’s “funniest film” and, while you’re at it, do yourself a solid and read Samantha’s interviews with Adam McKay and Judd Apatow, Paul Rudd & Steve Carell, and Will Ferrell & David Koechner.
3. First Trailer for 22 JUMP STREET
In other news related to sequels to comedies that I loved, this week brought us the first red-band trailer for 22 Jump Street. Its predecessor was not only my favorite comedy of 2012 but one of my favorite movies of the year in general. While I don’t expect 22 Jump Street to reach those heights, I can honestly say that Rob Riggle’s scene at the end of this trailer nearly brought me to tears when I saw it attached to Anchorman last night. Whatever this next installment holds for Jenko and Schmidt, I’ll be along for the ride on opening night.
4. AMERICAN HUSTLE Interviews and Review
For the sake of full disclosure, I feel compelled to share that I had the chance to see American Hustle last night as part of a double feature with Anchorman and passed due to extreme fatigue. I understand if this hurts your opinion of me because, to be honest, it hurts my opinion of myself a little. In related news, getting older and having a day job sucks. In more uplifting news, I have every intention of seeing the pic within the next week and, in the meantime, I have Matt’s review and Steve’s video interviews with Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, and Jeremy Renner to hold me over.
5. Editorial: “Worst Of” Lists are the Worst
Anyone who has ever perused a blog, message board, comments section, etc. knows that the Internet is a place where snarkiness resides at every turn. Heck, we’re guilty of taking swings at softballs like A Good Day to Die Hard and Grown Ups 2 here at Collider from time to time. Other than easy punchlines, though, what’s really to be gained by kicking a film that’s already down by reminding everyone how bad it was via an end of year “Worst Of” list? My esteemed colleague Matt Goldberg tackles this subject with great self-awareness in his latest editorial “Worst Of” Lists are the Worst.