52 – Tonight’s top story, Anchorman 2

Anchorman 2 sees the news team consisting of Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrel), Brick (Steve Carell), Brian (Paul Rudd) and Champ (David Koechner) regroup to host the graveyard shift of the a new 24 hour news channel. Here they change the news forever when they start running news stories that aimed to be fun rather than actually show the news. This allows the group to achieve fame and Ron becomes obsessed with getting higher and higher ratings to the cost of becoming distant from his son.


Most of the film is a set of gags that are linked by this story. But when I say a set of gags, I mean a huge amount of gags, almost every other sentence is a gag and because of the sheer amount of them some of them just don’t hit but a lot of them still do and it makes for a fun time when watching it. It was kind of awkward in the showing of the film I was in because it felt like I was often the only person laughing which made me feel really uncomfortable.


The stand out character of this film for me was Brick as almost every line he has in this film I found hilarious and they manage to take the character into new territory which is such a hilarious situation to watch. Brian Fantana and Champ Kind unfortunately don’t seem to get much air time at all in the film and don’t have very funny lines when they do which was a shame.

My favourite moments came at the end and redeemed a lot of the film that I hadn’t found very funny. This was when Ron Burgundy becomes blind and then raises a pet shark called Doby which finishes in Ron Burgundy singing an ode to Doby as he swims away which had me splitting my sides. The second sequence I found great to watch was basically a copy of the first film but went even more over the top and included even bigger cameos, I am of course talking about the incredibly intense news team fight at the end of the film. The cameos were amazing and the whole scene just made me laugh so much.


However compared to the first film it doesn’t have the same amount of classic moments and is much less quotable than the first. It was still funny though and brought back what worked in the first film and turned it up a notch while still adding new gags and taking the characters to new places. This film being not as good as the first one is not much of a criticism as the first film is so brilliant.


20 – Captain America goes forward in time and Wolverine goes back

So in the last week or two there have been two new trailers for upcoming superhero films. The first of them being Captain America The Winter Soldier and the second being X – Men Days of Future Past.

I have to admit that I haven’t even seen the first Captain America film but this film looks AWESOME. This film looks action packed and the story looks epic.

Most of the other marvel films have a distinct tone, Thor is a fantasy, Iron Man is a sci-fi but this film looks like it might be a bit more grounded in reality. It reminds me a bit of The Dark Knight Christopher Nolan series as it looks more realistic and the costume design of Captain America even looks a bit similar to the Batman costume. The colour palette of the trailer is made up of black and greys much like The Dark Knight as well.

It is possibly then because of my love of The Dark Knight (and only the Dark Knight, not The Dark Knight Rises) that makes me really want to see this film.

Also there seems to be much more of Samuel L Jackson and Scarlett Johanson who both kicked ass in The Avengers. I don’t know how I feel about Chris Evans himself yet but he looks solid in the trailer and I am really interested in seeing how he deals with the transition to the modern world.

The film is being released next year and is being directed by Anthony and Joe Russo.

However the trailer which caught my attention as well was the trailer for X – Men Days of Future Past.

The premise of this film is that the original X – Men cast and the new prequel cast from X – Men First Class are going to be in the same film together and the Wolverine played by Hugh Jackman is going to be sent back in time probably to prevent some disastrous apocalyptic situation in the future with the giant robot sentinels. It’s the stellar cast which is what is going to make this film awesome, the still in the trailer where Patrick Stewart is in the same shot as James McAvoy both playing the same character looks so amazing.

Maybe I’m bias because I love any fiction with time travel involved so the concept of having time travel with mutants really excites me. There also seems to be a really complex emotional side to this film which looks really in depth and not just an excuse for using both sets of casts.

X-Men Days of Future Past is being released next year and has been directed by Bryan Singer who directed the first two X-Men movies which were well received by fans and critics.

Out of the two trailers I probably prefer the captain america one just because it looks more awesome and more of a big visually exciting film. However I much prefer the concept of the X-Men film I just didn’t enjoy the trailer as much.

For a bit of comic relief the Anchorman sequel had a new trailer released recently which is hilarious and I REALLY cannot wait for that film. Oh and yes I understand the thumbnail look’s pretty dodgy.