Valdosta Daily Times


December 26, 2013

Review: ‘Mr. Banks’ saves holiday movies


- — Movie Review: A follow up to 2004’s “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” (2004), which was directed by Adam McKay, “The Legend Continues” finds Burgundy out of a job and down and out of the news game. This changes when GNN, a new 24-hour television news network, approaches Burgundy about returning to the news desk. Burgundy gathers his legendary team once again. The news has changed since Burgundy and his team left the game, but they reinvent it. Burgundy, Brick Tamland (Carell), Brian Fantana (Rudd) and Champ Kind (Koechner) prove they are still relevant.

This film has been one of the most publicized films over the last few weeks. However, a group of fraternity brothers seated behind me summed this movie up best after the end credits. It is not worth it.

Comedy is a stretch; it goes to an extreme until it no longer matters or cares to make sense. Crude behavior is magnified. The characters offer jokes, but it is a shame they do not allow audiences in on some of their weird humor. Numerous jokes are repetitive and the antics are silly.

This film has cameos by big stars, like Harrison Ford, Will Smith and Liam Neeson. However, the comedy is of small proportions. This film’s summation could be: is bad, becomes good, and turns ridiculous.           

Grade: D+ (Newsflash: sequels rarely rival their prequel.)

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