As charming as the original, mostly due to residual affection for its cast, who remain stellar. New stars Richard Gere and Tamsin Grieg also get plenty of time to make an impact.
Maggie Smith, in particular, shines having shed the uncomfortable racism that made her character troubling in the first film.
The issue is that the pacing is utterly glacial and the need to give every cast member something to do leaves it all feeling a little episodic.
Hands down the funniest film to have Judd Apatow's name attached to it, Anchorman is already a comedy classic only eight years after its initial release. Many of its quotes are ingrained in popular culture and the mere mention of the film's name causes most human beings to spew forth with quotes.
Every scene of the film crackles with quotable dialogue: Adam McKay and Will Ferrell's script being up amongst the funniest Hollywood has ever produced. In Ron Burgundy, Ferrell…