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The other night me and my boyfriend ended up catching Blades Of Glory on the tv. My biggest mistake prior to watching it was saying that I didn't fancy it and that I hate Will Ferrell. Sorry to any fans of his out there but I don't like him as an actor and up until watching Blades Of Glory wouldn't watch anything he was in. However because I enjoyed Blades Of Glory and had a good old chuckle my boyfriend decided to try to make me love Will Ferrell and much to my annoyance put this film on. The things girls have to go through just for the sake of a cuddle of the sofa eh!
Film Only Review:
Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is a much loved anchorman (news reader) on channel 4. A bit of a rockstar with plenty of wealth, fans and women he is hugely popular, so much so his news spot is number one in San Diego. After a night of throwing a party and a mystery and very beautiful woman turning up he tries his charm on and fails and he is left feeling a little deflated. However the next day at a work meeting the woman turns up and turns out to be Veronica (Christina Applegate), a newly recruited news reporter for the team.
In a hugely male orientated newsroom she creates quite a storm with Ron lusting after her along with his Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Champ Kind (David Koechner), and Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) and all try to woo her in their own special ways however Ron offers to take her out, show her the sights and she accepts ending up with them drinking, her revealing she wants nothing more than to be a anchorwoman and the pair ending up in bed together.
The two end up in a relationship and both seem very happy however on the way to work one day and an incident happening with a flying burrito Ron turns up to late to read the news leaving Veronica free to do it and lets just say that Ron really isn't happy with that.
However Veronica becomes a hit and Ron isn't one bit happy about it especially when she is promoted to be a co host with Ron and the two set out to sabotage eachothers careers however amidst all the hatred they have to read the news and when Veronica is out reporting on a new story and gets into trouble will Ron put their differences aside and go to her aid even though shes done a rather good job at turning the public against him?
Yawn. I have heard people (including my boyfriend) rave about this film and I hated it. Yes its cheesy and its meant to be to be fair to it. It has a very 70's feel to it and the music is well placed in it. There are very many rather famous faces in it as well (some of who I have mentioned) but also Vince Vaugn and Ben Stiller so the cast of this is good and in my opinion had all the components to be a very good film. However I found the story to bumble along and I had very little in the way of laughs from this however I do seem to be on my own in this for some reason!
This isn't my sort of film sadly and I'm back (after watching this!) to hating Will Farrell with a passion. I couldn't connect with the story and couldn't wait for my trauma of watching it to be over so no this doesn't get the thumbs up from me I'm afraid!
This film is rated 15 and has a very longtime (in my opinion lol) of 95 minutes and can be bought for around five pounds from Amazon.com
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Released: 2004, Run-time: 94minutes, Genre: Comedy.
Film only review.
It's the sexy 70s and Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is San Diego's top news anchorman. He and his news room pals, Brian (Paul Rudd), Brick (Steve Carrell)and Champ (David Koechner) get the ratings and the girls. There is no stopping this unrivalled gang...that is until a woman (gulp!) joins the crew. Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) is attractive, intelligent and knows how to handle herself in a male orientated industry. It seems Ron Burgundy and Co. may have met their match.
Hmm...Anchorman....profoundly sexist 'man-comedy' or humorous reflection on 70s attitudes towards gender stereotypes. Whilst there are arguments for both, I am leaning more towards the former, though being a woman that doesn't mean I hated it- I just don't seem to find it as funny as the men in my life have done.
I had tried to watch this film when it was first released, my then boyfriend said 'watch it...it's awesome' so being the amazing girlfriend that I am, I tried. Honestly I did but within 20 minutes or so Will Ferrell had wound me up so much that I turned it off, dooming Anchorman to an eternity of being the film I hate and Will Ferrell as 'that comedy guy I can't stand'. Then I saw Elf...and Step Brothers...and Bewitched and he managed to change my mind. It took many years until I was ready to give Ron Burgundy a second chance though. It came about because my current boyfriend and all his friends adore Anchorman and quote it constantly hence my opinion that it is a 'man-comedy'. I was told if I didn't watch and love Anchorman then my boyfriend wasn't allowed to marry me. Ever. It was a tough call.
So here is my review on 'the film I hate'. It turns out, it's okay. It's watchable and it generated a titter of laughter in parts. I didn't laugh as much as my partner did but I expected that. Will Ferrell (Ron Burgundy), Paul Rudd (Brian Fantana ), Steve Carrell (Brick Tamland) and David Koechner (Champ Kind) are fantastic in their roles, they play them to perfection. I know this because I hate them. They hit the nail on the head when it comes to portraying sexist male attitudes, they drove me insane. Christina Applegate is good as the feisty Veronica Corningstone, I couldn't imagine anyone else in the role and I was on her side from the beginning. All the newsroom crew add to the gender wars and there are pop up appearances from Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson and Vince Vaughn to name but a few. It's a star studded cast.
The plot is absurd but it fits in with the type of comedy that this film is aiming for. The comedy is ridiculous and the action is slapstick in nature but again all in keeping with the genre. It does what it does well- but maybe what it does just isn't for me? The film is 94 minutes long, ordinarily that is the ideal length of a film for me but the combination of poor quality, ridiculous storyline and not really enjoying the humour meant that for me it felt longer and seemed to drag.
One thing I did like was the way it was shot. The scenery, costumes, soundtrack and admittedly the attitudes of the characters made a believable 70s newsroom, it was hard to remember that it wasn't actually filmed in the 70s so in that respect it did a very good job.
In conclusion, it was an okay film. My honest opinion is that it was far too silly for me. I can see that it would be good if you enjoyed slapstick, slightly offensive humour in your movies and the glowing review it gets off the men in my life proves that it is suitable for some but for me, I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it or to watch it again.
Anchorman is massively popular amongst teenagers because of its "wicked wit and slapstick humour". However, this also means that it is probably highly unlikely to appeal to everybody. To make things simple, if you like Will Ferrell movies (think Talladega Nights, Elf and Old School) then you will like this in all likelihood. And if you don't, you won't. The mixed reviews that can be found around the internet certainly reflect the fact that this movie does not appeal to everybody. The jokes are somewhat random and immature so if you are looking for classy, clever and sophisticated comedy then this is not the film for you, at all. That is not to say though that the movie is not funny. I and many of my friends believe Anchorman to be very funny with many memorable quotes (which I don't want to give away for fear of ruining the film).
Will Ferrell is a 1970's anchorman in San Diego and he is widely loved. He believes he is invincible until the station decides to diversify and introduces a pretty, young and ambitious woman called Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), into the role of newswoman. This causes all types of pandemonium amongst the male dominated colleagues, especially sports anchor Champ (David Koechner) and field reporter Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd).In the end it is Ron who manages to seduce her. However, when Ron is late to present the news following an accident Veronica anchors the news as a replacement and does well. This provokes open hostility between the two competitive ex lovers and ultimately ends with Ron being fired following a prank by Veronica. As is usually the case however everything is resolved in the end when Ron saves Veronica from a bear pit and as a result spurns his chance to be a national anchorman. Loves triumphs ahhh.
Features cameo roles from Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn. A lot of laughs come from the very slow weatherman Brick Tamland played by Steve Carell.
To sum up, this is a very funny film. In my opinion Ferrell's funniest film. If you don not like other Will Ferrell films however, do not expect to like Anchorman as it is based on the same kind of humour.
Run Time 1h 31m
Written by Adam McKay and Will Ferrell
It is strongly rumoured that the script was abandoned and much of the movie is improvised.
Anchorman is one of my favourite comedy films. It does not take itself seriously and should not be viewed as such but has many laugh out loud moments. This is the film that put Steve Carell into the public spotlight, and he has not looked back since.
Will Ferrell plays Ron Burgundy, a news anchor for San Diego's channel KVWN-TV in the mid to late 70's. He's the man, the top dog and he knows it. With his crack team of support news reporters - Brian Fantana (street wise reporter), Brick Tamland (weather) and Champ Kind (Sports), they are loved throughout San Diego and can do no wrong.
The film is based around how Ron and his team cope with the addition of a hot new female reporter called Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate). The hilarity begins when each member tries to get her into bed in their own unique, unbelievably sexist way and Ron and Brian Fantana's ways are suitably hilarious.
Veronica desperately wants to be a news anchor but back in the 70's this was virtually unheard of. The film actually does a very good job of showing how women were regarded as just objects to be flirted with and how Veronica was determined to overcome this and to be a valued member of the news team.
A 'big story' breaks which is that a panda in the San Diego zoo is pregnant and all the local news teams are aiming to be the ones to report it. The rival news teams also provide a very over the top and funny battle mid way through the film with several big name cameos.
Anchorman is one of the most quoted comedies around, with one of the most famous being 'I Love Lamp' by Brick Tamland who happily tells you at the beginning of the film that he has an IQ of 48 and that fuels most of the comedy in his scenes. Each character is well written and the actors do a sterling job of bringing them to life. Don't get me wrong, they are over the top characters but they are perfect for the film.
This film has it all, love, loss and lines you will be quoting to your friends for weeks afterwards. Don't take this film too seriously, engage your funny bone and you will have a ball.
There was a time, before he started to believe his own press, when Judd Apatow produced very funny films. Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy is one that dates from that happy time before Apatow came to believe that the easiest way to get laughs was to rely on a stream of puerile humour.
As the title implies, Ron is San Diego's top news anchor in the 1970s, a legend in his own city. Problems arise when an ambitious young newsreader starts to challenge his position. Even worse: she's a WOMAN!
In fact, this plotline is really only an excuse to allow Will Ferrell and his comedy mates to cut loose and plaster the screen with some silly, inspired, partly-improvised gags, which are loosely connected by a vague plot.
This may well affect how much you enjoy Anchorman. It employs the same scattergun approach to humour as Ariplane! Gags and fast paced one-liners are thrown at the screen thick and fast. The assumption being that if enough jokes are thrown at the viewer, some of them are bound to make someone, somewhere laugh. In fact, a great many of them stick and will have you laughing out loud at the sheer absurdity of the behaviour of the characters, although inevitably, a fair proportion also fall flat. Still, for the most part, the hit-miss ratio is far higher than most other films and for every joke that doesn't work, there are at least two that do.
Some people may find the relentless pace of the gags too much. If you long for a coherent, logical plot and characters based in some kind of vague reality, then you are going to be disappointed. You have to buy into the fact that for the most part, the dialogue is a stream of consciousness, involving a bunch of comedians saying the first thing that comes into their head and riffing off each other to create a funny atmosphere. Fail to get this and all you will see is a load of puerile, self-indulgent nonsense in which grown men are being paid to be pathetic.
And, indeed, in many ways Anchorman is childish. It is also so daft that it is almost impossible not to laugh at the insane antics and attitudes of the main characters and to find yourself caught up in the fun. Refreshingly, Anchorman is not reliant on nob gags and "hilarious" jokes about bodily fluids (although inevitably, there are some). Instead, the comedy relies on the stupid, ignorant and downright weird pronouncements of its key characters and the childish man-boy attitudes of their testosterone-filled world.
What is also refreshing is, that although it is set in the 1970s, Anchorman is not a lazy skit on 70s culture and fashion. In fact the main justification for being set in that era is so that the idea of a female newsreader can be considered so shocking. All the rest of the humour is mined from the crazy situation the news team get into, rather than lazy digs about how brown the 70s were.
Anchorman definitely works best when its very own Gang of Four are given free rein to improvise scenes, throwing out dialogue and funny one-liners that each tries to top. Will Ferrell is on top form as the ignorant, arrogant, but somehow endearing Ron Burgundy, a man who believes himself to be a News God. Ferrell successfully blends hilarious one-liners, brilliant put-downs, childish behaviour and slightly over-the-top acting in one fantastic performance. In some of his later roles, Ferrell showed that he can go over-board with the histrionics, but in Anchorman he gets the balance just right, producing arguably his best and funniest celluloid performance.
He's helped out by his trio of newsroom associates: Paul Rudd as Brian Fontana, David Koechner as Stetson wearing Champ Kind and, best of all, Steve Carrell as the slightly retarded Brick Tamland. Like Ferrell, Carrell is on top form, his constant misunderstandings, slow nature, inappropriate comments and all-round childish behaviour are hilarious. In the overall scheme of things, Carrell probably doesn't say or do a great deal during the course of the film... but he makes every moment count. Every time he opens his mouth or does something, he will have you laughing out loud until tea dribbles out of your nostrils*.
It's together, though, that the four actors and their characters work best. They are clearly comfortable working together, used to each others' style of comedy and use this to their advantage. It's clear that an awful lot of the film is ad-libbed and this gives it a very fresh feel, with the delivery of gags sounding far more natural and real than more scripted ones. It's also obvious that the cast are really enjoying themselves and this sense of fun is infectious. Thanks to the very natural feel of the comedy, you feel like you are amongst friends, having a laugh down the pub with your mates, part of the gang.
Of course, the essentially silly nature of Anchorman means that it will not be to everyone's tastes. The stupid gags, stream of consciousness ramblings and utterly stupid, barely coherent plot will annoy some. It's also possible that, since it concerns the childish nature of men, it may appeal more to the male sense of humour than the female. Certainly in our household, I found it hilariously funny for the most part, whilst Mrs SWSt merely found it mildly amusing.
I always wondered why Will Ferrell was held up as a Comedy God. His two other leading man films I've seen (Elf and Talladega Nights), I found boring and mediocre. Sure, they had their moments, but nothing to suggest that Will Ferrell was the All New King of Comedy (tm). Now I've seen Anchorman, I know why. Perfectly suited to Ferrell's manic style and quick-wit improvisation and surrounded by an equally funny support cast, it really allows his talent to shine through.
Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy
Director: Adam McKay
Running time: approx. 94 minutes
*Assuming you are drinking tea at the time, of course. If you have a problem with tea dribbling out of your nostrils at other times, I would urge you to stop reading this and seek medical advice immediately.
© Copyright SWSt 2010
Does San Diego mean the Whales Vagina?
Following the four most stupid anchormen around America with their wacky costumes, crude phrases and sexist ways. You would imagine this film would be one for the bin from the blurb, but it is without a doubt Will Ferrells finest.
This DVD is about the Legend of Ron Burgundy who is a Anchorman for a network. All goes smoothly with such characters like Brick (Steve Carrell) and Mike Fantana (Paul Rudd), until a woman comes along. Ron Burgundy (played by Will Ferrell) is sexually attracted to the new female co worker, and uses various methods to gain her heart. Including doing 1000 reps of weights in his office. He manages to woo her using a bit of Jazz flute and a bit of scotch. However it isn't a happy ever after, especially not for his dog. (Don't throw a burrito at Jack Black)
This hilarious comedy will leave you in stitches and somehow have the effect that you feel you must recite all the phrases you watch it. It is a timeless classic and I thoroughly recommend it.
Thanks for stopping by San Diego.
I enjoy watching Will Ferrell in alot of his movies so wanted to watch this movie Anchorman - The Legend of Ron Burgundy when it was released back in 2004. I have always found Will Ferrell to be slightly on the edge with his acting style and very funny nonetheless. The way he portrays character is that any moment they could just crack and go mad. I wasn't sure what to expect from this movie and have since seen some mixed reviews, but I thought it was half decent if not a classic movie. It does feature some bizarre characters and witty, funny dialogue throughout.
Will Ferrell is Ron Burgundy in this movie. He works in San Diego and is the biggest and favourite news anchor from the 1970's. He does really look the part and is perfect with his suit and hair and moustache. He is also charming in front of camera and a bit cocky.
Everything is great for Ron and he is very popular getting top ratings until Veronica turns up. She is played by Christina Applegate and is a journalist who takes no rubbish from anyone and is determind to make it big in a male orientated business. She does have an obvious flair for what she does but is not taken seriously by the news team. They try anything to undermine her and stop her climbing up the career ladder with hilarious consequences. She further complicates her situation by falling for Ron's charm, despite he being in the one job she really wants.
The story is fairly predictable but that is not the main focus which is humour and there is plenty of that to be had. There is nothing that goes over the top and is very funny and entertaining. Will Ferrell for me is fantastic in his role and provides some great one liners. His news team are also great and provide some great comical moments, including Steve Carrell who is always good value as the simple-minded weatherman.
This movie really does acheive what I think it sets out to do and that's make you laugh out loud at times at the antics and as stated, while it's not a classic movie it's well worth watching, especially if you are fan of Will Ferrell.
This film is one of the first films I watched with Will Ferrell and since have watched most of his films! I also learnt recently that Will Ferrell was one of the writers for this film.. a round of applause to him!
The Film Anchorman the legend of Ron Burgundy is based on Ron (Will Ferrell) as San diegos top rated newsman in the 1970's, along with his news team:
Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd)
Brick Tamland (Steve Carrell)
Champ Kind (David Koechener)
As the top anchor Ron is displeased when they employ Veronica Coringstone (Christine Applegate). She to is wanting to become the next top anchor! But as a female in the 1970's this is unheard of! The story goes on and they have a romance which turns pear shaped when she becomes fed up of just being the eye candy and the two battle to become the top Anchor!
This battle continues in which Veronica (Christina) sabotages Rons script. I wont say what she puts as my review may get taken off! Due to this he loses his job and then the plot!!
Although the storyline doesnt sound the most inviting to everyone. Trust me this film is hillarious! Will Ferrell is brilliant with his random outbursts and the relationship he has with his dog Baxter!
The rest of the cast in this film also carry this comedy Steve Carrell especially with his quotes " I love Lamp" & "Loud Noises!" Quotes which myself use and many people who have watched the film i know use! You also have some appearances from Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughan & Tim Burton who play the anchormans for the other channels and our to fighting for the top anchor!
This film is in my all time tops and still to this day no matter how many times I watch it has me in tears!! Take a watch people!!
Anchorman - The Legend of Ron Burgundy is a comedy which was released in 2004, directed by Adam McKay (who also directed the Ferrell starring and similar in ways Talledega Nights) the film also stars Christina Applegate (Married With Children), Paul Rudd (Knocked Up), Steve Carell (U.S version of the office), David Koechner (who pops up in many comedies), Fred Willard (a lot of Christopher Guest mockumentarys) and a blink and you'll miss him appearance by Seth Rogen.
The Plot is slight and stupid, but with jokes as funny and random (some my say pointless) as this is doesnt matter.
The 'plot' has Ferrell's news anchorman, a dimwitted sexist feel threatended by the emergence of a female reporter (Applegate) assigned to his show (it is set in the 70's so let him off a little bit). He fights against it but eventually changes his tune and begins to have feelings for her (the average plot of all comedies it seems), and thats basically it; but the film isnt about plot its about great performances by Ferrell and the guys, unfortunately Applegate isnt very funny.
The film isnt scripted, and the actors ad-lib throughout making the jokes hit and miss, but thankfully more hit than miss, the ad-libbing make the acting fresh (or stilted regarding Applegate) and created a lot of footage - so much in fact they released a different film from the outtakes.
The film has many great quotes 'I love lamp' a favourite of mine, and moments including Ron fighting a posse of newsmen (which has a few celebrity cameos), Jack Black kicking a dog off a bridge and any scene with Ferrell. The news team bounce off each other brilliantly with Carrell's retarded Brick being a highlight - Carell some how gets a sweet performance from him even though he's not on screen much, he's also hilarious.
Overall a very good comedy which i watch every 2-3 months which never gets boring. but some elements keep it from being a 5 star film - Applegate, the slight plot and characters personalities changing slightly throughout
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It is possibly the greatest film ever made. I am not saying that the recent masterpieces such as step brothers and pineapple express are not to be considered as rivaling the funniness; however Anchor Man really was the first of its kind.
The thing is, you can not expect a girl or anyone over the age of about 23 to truly appreciate and love it the way younger teenage boys do. It is seen as the epiphany of films, as we were all around 15 when it came out and when we first saw it we were in hysterics.
The key to its success, in my opinion, is the fact that you have these grown up men all 35+ acting like complete immature adolescents; obsessed with their hair, thinking they know everything about how to charm a lady and being very crude about their apparent 'sexual encounters' with the other sex. You start to truly understand how young at heart they are when the close the door to make sure no one is listening and ask very solemnly
'What is love Ron?'
'Do you really want to know?'
'More than anything in the else Ron'
I believe that the actors made up a lot of the hilarious phrases as they went along and the deleted and blooper scenes are really funny! 'The human torch was denied a bank loan'
So anyway the film focuses around the 'Channel 4 News team' In the 80's with Ron Burgundy as their Anchor Man and the front man of his 4 piece news room team. Their fights, both verbal and physical, with the other news channels are both full of humour and extremely over the top: 'Bret you killed a guy, with a trident'
The real problem develops when they employ the first ever newsLADY and Ron's position is at stake...
Will Ferrell is one of my favourite Comedy Actors due to his abilty to make my cry with laughter, and this film is Ferrell at his best! He plays a highly popular news reader, Ron Burgundy, in San Diago and loves his job.
Its all going well until his boss hires a female co-anchor Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) which he falls head over heals for. When their relationship begins to break, so does his job.
He runs into trouble at then end of the film when Veronica gets pushed into a bear pit at the zoo where she is due to do a news report about a famous Panda giving birth. Instead of finding help, Ron jumps into the pit and finds himself trapped too. The rest of the news squad jump into the pit and fights off the bears to save their beloved Ron's life!
This film has some of my favourite comedy lines and allthough I have lost track of the amount of times I have watched it, it has never failed to make me laugh.
In my opinion Brick Tamland, played by another fantastic comedy Actor, is the best character. He plays a 'dim' weather man who comes out with some truely helerious things!
There is a helerious fight between a number of different news readers in the back streets. The fight includes Brick Tamland using a hand grenade, a man who gets set on fire, a news reporter having his arm chopped off and Brick killing somebody with a trident.
The script is fantastic with alot of great actors with appearences from Luke Wilson, Ben Stiller, Jack Black,Tim Robins and more. I will never get tired of this film and have many friends who will agree that it is one of the best, funniest films they have ever seen, and if you see it, im sure you would agree!!
(Also if you like this film you should watch Step Brothers and Blades of Glory, two more brilliant Ferrell films!)
Oh Anchorman! before I begin the review properly I must state I love this film with a deep passion and I may spiral of into random quotations from my favorite bits of the film.
Firstly I'd like to point out to anyone who has never heard anything about the film and is reading my review as a first point of call this is a Will Ferrell film and if you don't like the film by him or that group of actors you're not going to liek Anchorman either.
However if you like Ferrell this is without a doubt his best character yet this is combined with a hilarious ensemble of actors who you will recognize from such shows as Friends and the Office. Also notable mentions to the cameos of Ben Stiller and Vice Vaughan. Anyway onto the film, it is incredibly funny a small list of my favorite quotes and characters ; Baxter everything relating to this dog is brilliant, the newsreader fight and brick killing a guy with a trident, "MIILK WAS A BAD CHOICE" and ofcourse San Diego = Whales Vagina.
I won't ruin the plot, however this film comes with my highest recommendations.
note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room
Anchorman is a great example that absurdist humour doesn't need to be pretentious or self-serving (i.e. Monty Python), and that it can appeal to all interests. Not so much random as it is scattershot (there IS a difference), the film generates plenty of laughs thanks to a gleefully left of field script and some sublime comic performances.
The film revolves around Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), a revered San Diego anchorman who runs a perfect ship with his co-workers Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), sportscaster Champion "Champ" Kind (David Koechner), and chief meteorologist Brick Tamland (Steve Carell). When the station controller (Fred Willard) informs him that he will have a co-anchor, and furthermore, that it will be a woman, in Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), he is less than pleased. She is a consummate professional, and so the two clash, but also have an animalistic sort of attraction to each other, making them a hilarious odd couple.
The film has some hilarious cameos, such as Jack Black as a disgruntled motorbike rider, and the brilliant fight scene between all of the camera crews has so many cameos (Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn etc), that it's almost difficult to keep up. The film features a hilariously surreal scene also that really captures the essence of the late 60s and early 1970s.
Hysterically funny, Anchorman boasts a materially strange and downright oddball brand of humour, but there's some genius scenes here. Ferrell is excellent, and his impeccable supporting cast, including Steve Carrell as the mentally ill Brick Tamland and sublime comic character actor Fred Willard inject a real personality into the film, complemented by Christina Applegate's more straight-laced turn.
Anchorman is a 2004 comedy starring Will Ferrell, co-written by him and director Adam McKay.
Ron Burgundy is the anchorman for the main news station in San Diego. Together he and his news team: Brian Fontana (Paul Rudd), Champ Kind (David Koechner) and Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) have the highest rated news show on air but the studio execs decide that a female member of the team and Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) is hired. From here, we're witness to street fights between rival news crews, bizarre animated sequences and a dog handy at bear diplomacy.
The storyline is irrelevant, there purely to allow for the next silly line or sight gag and it shows. There seems to be a lot of improvisation on screen, which should be commended but can lead to the film being hit and miss - when it's funny, it's laugh out loud good but when a gag falls flat it's usually groan worthy. Thankfully, for the most part the gags keep coming thick and fast so you don't have time to think too much about the jokes that don't work.
Will Ferrell and the rest of the cast are clearly having a great time but at times it can feel as if there's some inside joke that they're not sharing with us. Carell's schtick as the idiotic Tamland does wear thin at times as well. There's a good small cameo for Vince Vaughn as the ridiculously named Wes Mantooth, I would have preferred more time be spent on him and his rivalry with Ron than the fairly dull battle of the sexes storyline between Burgundy and Corningstone.
If you are a fan of Ferrell then this film will no doubt cement your liking of him, but if you don't this film won't change your mind.
Anchorman is a one of those comedies that you can talk about for years to come. The film has so many brilliant one liners that I find reciting over and over with my friends despite not having watched the film for a few months. It may not be to everyone's taste but that comes down to Will Ferrell's style of humour but it is worth watching at least once.
Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is the lead anchor of a local news channel in San Diego, California. On his news team is Champ Kind (David Koechner) the sports reporter, Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) the field reporter and Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) the stations weatherman. The team's news show is currently rated number one in the area but when the station manager Ed Harken (Fred Willard) introduces a female member to the news team, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) their harmony is rocked as they try to remain the top rated news show and ruin the career of Veronica and attempt to date her. However all changes one day when Ron misses a show and Veronica is given the job of co-anchor. Ron and Veronica begin a bitter dispute and only one is likely to remain on the team.
There are many cameos in the film from many of today's recent comedy stars with Jack Black, Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughan, Ben Stiller and Seth Rogen all appearing in the film.
Of course as the lead Will Ferrell provides much of the comedy and it is his best film to date. The rest of the cast all put in excellent supporting roles and the chemistry between the four male members of the news team is clear from the start of the film. Paul Rudd puts in a great performance and this film is the start of a great career for him. Steve Carrell is brilliant as the low IQed weatherman and you can't help but care for him. David Koechner puts in the least entertaining role as Champ but he is still entertaining in the film and is the only one of the four that has not gone on to greater things.
This film will make you laugh every time you watch it with the all five local news teams having a fight being my personal highlight of the film but even if you are not entertained by that scene there is something for everyone.
This film will go down as one of the all time classic comedies in the views of many people and at just £2.98 at the moment on amazon it is a real bargain.
Will Farrell followed up his star-making vehicle Elf, which matched his fine-tuned comic obliviousness to a sweet sincerity, with a more arrogant variation on the same character: Ron Burgundy, a macho, narcissistic news anchor from the 1970s. Along with his news posse--roving reporter Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd, Clueless), sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner), and dim-bulb weatherman Brick Tamland (Steve Carell, Bruce Almighty)--Burgundy rules the roost in San Diego, fawned upon by groupies and supported by a weary producer (Fred Willard, Best In Show) who tolerates Burgundy's ego because of good ratings. But when Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate, View from the Top) arrives with ambitions to become an anchor herself, she threatens the male-dominated newsroom. Anchorman has plenty of funny material, but it's as if Farrell couldn't decide what he really wanted to mock, and so took smart-ass cracks at everything in sight. Still, there are moments of inspired delirium. --Bret Fetzer