This Rotten Week: Predicting Anchorman 2, Walking with Dinosaurs and Her Reviews

By Doug Norrie 2013-12-15 08:57:24discussion comments
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I’m only moments from the time-honored tradition of trekking out into the first significant snowfall of the season and trudging a sled up and down a local hill with Little Rotten Week screaming "Go faster" and "My nose is chilly! Fix it!" Looking forward to "bonding". But before I perform my Father of the Year duties, we’ve got some movies to discuss. It’s Ron Burgundy, dinosaurs and loving computers.

Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.

Anchorman: The Legend Continues
The Legend Continues. It sure the f@#@ does. The jazz-fluting, scotch-drinking, mahogany- smelling, dumbbell-curling, Baxter-loving news anchor is back. And we only hope he’s better than ever.

For you, there probably isn’t much middle ground on Adam McKay humor. You either love it, or think it’s ridiculous and off-putting. Count me in the former group, but I can at least understand the view of the latter. He enjoys going half a step further than conventional wisdom would suggest, and most of the time it works. But, it can fall a bit flat. And that is my biggest concern with this sequel. To quote Brian Fantana, "Sixty percent of the time it works every time." But what about the other forty percent? Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited. The comedic power here is off the charts, as evidenced by the news that there were so many jokes and thrown out while filming the sequel that they have enough footage for a whole separate, alternate movie. Kind of amazing, but not really surprising. The amount of improv the core team can handle is in the all-star caliber of funny.

McKay’s other stuff would give a roadmap for critical response. He’s helmed The Other Guys (79%), Step Brothers (55%), Talladega Nights (72%) and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (66%). Those films suggest a score lining up with Fantana’s thoughts on Sex Panther by Odeon.

The first Anchorman was so over-the-top and, at times, nonsensical that it almost fit into a comedic category all its own. It appears McKay went the same crazy direction with the sequel. And I’m pumped for it. Critics? I feel confident with this prediction. The Rotten Watch for Anchorman: The Legend Continues is 60%


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