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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

After many recommendations from my friends I finally decided to watch Anchorman, a film which I had surprisingly failed to see before recently. Like “Step Brothers” the film is directed by Adam McKay and stars Will Ferrell in the lead role in another childish (not meant offensively, but the best description of the characters as the film) comedy style film.

Anchorman is also produced by Judd Apatow and features Steve Carell who worked together in The 40 Year Old Virgin, a comedy which I very much enjoyed. This film begins by introducing the legendary Ron Burgundy, the number one new anchor in the country, with his team that includes Carell as Brick Tamland. Life is good for Burgundy who enjoys being famous and well respected by everyone, in and out of the station before everything changes.

Veronica Corningstone, portrayed by Christina Applegate is a woman set to join the same network as Burgundy with very high ambitions, to become the first female anchor. As Ron’s news team take turns to flirt with their attractive new colleague it is Ron whom she falls in love with having previously met him one of his parties. All is going well with their new relationship until Ron is missing for a broadcast and Veronica steps in to his outrage.

For most of the time Anchorman is very funny, with the best moments normally coming from Ferrell such as his conversation with Veronica at a local bar, we also often find ourselves laughing at his companions, in particular Brick who describes himself as ‘mentally retarded’ and provides us with some stupid yet funny quotes such as “Where did you get those clothes? The toilet store?”. In some parts the comedy isn’t as funny as the film goes a bit over the top such as a massive fight scene that sees a cameo from Ben Stiller and a man losing his arm as violence ensues, although the film is meant to be stupid this does seem a bit too silly. Another cameo includes Jack Black as an angry biker who Burgundy manages to hit in the face with a burrito, before he proceeds with his revenge.

Anchorman is light-hearted fun for those with a particular comedy taste; if you enjoyed Ferrell in Step Brothers for his performance as an immature character then I’m guessing you’d enjoy this as well. Although Burgundy is stupid, he is also a hero with a cheesy and romantic plot at the heart of the film with him and Veronica. The film isn’t a comedy masterpiece but it’s a light-hearted film in which you’ll enjoy, one that’s also quoted often with immature style humour providing many laughs. It succeeds as what it tries to be though and I like many others will be looking forward to the film’s sequel.