Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
They bring you the news so you don't have to get it yourself.
It's the 1970's and San Diego anchorman Ron Burgundy is the top dog in network TV, which gives way to his freewheeling sexism with his fraternal-like crew. But all that's about to change (or be jeopardized) when ambitious reporter Veronica Corningstone arrives as a new employee at his TV station.
Every now and then a comedy just works, contains that in definable alchemy of great concepts, perfect casting and memorable, iconic comedy lines. Anchorman is one such film for the Noughties, without question Will Ferrell's best movie (maybe Steve Carell's) and the kind of movie, much like Airplane or Naked Gun, that people will be quoting and referencing still in twenty or thirty years:
"IIII DON'T KNOW WHAT WE'RE YELLING ABOUT! LOUD NOISES!!"
"Beard of Zeus! Great Odin's raven!"
"IM IN A GLASS CASE OF EMOTION!"
"I love lamp."
"What do you say if we go out on a date? Have some chicken, maybe some sex... You know, see what happens."
"I read somewhere their periods attract bears. The bears…
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 instantly creates an iconic character who will not be forgotten for many years thanks to his huge performance.
Steve Carell is the film's stand-out though as mentally backward weather forecaster Brick Tamland. He is a man who has no capacity…
You know what?, it's not actually that great is it?
A lot of the jokes don't really work.
..the jokes that do work are rather fucking exceptional. And not just the big ones, even the little throw away lines are exceptional. And that what gives Anchorman legend status.
I think that this is probably the funniest Will Ferrell film and certainly my favourite.
Has a couple good moments and Will Ferrell is a solid comedy guy. Most of the laughs didn't hit for me but I kind of expected that. Steve Carrell was terribly unfunny though. And I usually like the guy.
Probably the most quotable comedy of the 2000's and one of my favorites. Every minute is filled with several jokes that hit hard. Will Ferrels best role and hopefully all the main cast can recreate the unique magic for the sequel next year.
I was hesitant to watch this, Will Ferrell is a dark omen for any movie as far as I'm concerned, anyways the reviews were fairly positive, so I gave it a chance... unfortunately I couldn't go all the way, 20 minutes into the movie I realized I hadn't even chuckled once. So I couldn't finish watching it.
"Panda Watch. The mood is tense; I have been on some serious, serious reports but nothing quite like this. I uh... Ching... King is inside right now. I tried to get an interview with him, but they said no, you can't do that he's a live bear, he will literally rip your face off."
"I know that one day Veronica and I are gonna to get married on top of a mountain, and there's going to be flutes playing and trombones and flowers and garlands of fresh herbs. And we will dance till the sun rises. And then our children will form a family band. And we will tour the countryside and you won't be invited."
"I have no idea…
How many quotable lines does a movie need in order to offset the absence of an interesting narrative? The answer coming up next...after my review.
Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is the lead anchor of a cartoonish news team who has to come to grips with the fact that his new co-anchor is a woman. It's a redemption story of sorts, but I really don't think Ron's redeemed in the end. He learns very little if anything at all. Ron is buffoonishly masculine and is more funny when he's on the defensive, trying to justify his ridiculous egocentric attitude. But the film rarely forces him to do this. He and his news team are allowed to be themselves too much without…
Will Ferrel Unleashed la lía pardísima en este impresionante peliculón donde le acompaña un casting de lujo. Y por ho hablar de los cameos o de los extras...
Still pretty chucklesome.
Probably one of my favorite comedy films of all time.
Yes, I KNOW everyone loves this film. Yes, I KNOW people call it a modern cult-classic. But to me, it just feels like another run-of-the-mill Judd Apatow American comedy. Don't get me wrong, there are some brilliant jokes, visual humour and dialogue, but the overall impression was that they were just trying to see how many cameos and catchphrases they could crowbar into the film...! Just not my style.
This is the only movie that I ever went to see twice in theaters on two consecutive days. I saw it the day before and laughed so hard that I felt compelled to instantly go back for seconds (bringing some different friends with me, of course). Of course, it was just as funny the 2nd time.
I was hugely anticipating this movie since I was a big Will Ferrell fan, and it managed to surpass even my astronomical expectations. It has obviously gained quite a following in the years since its release, and it's completely earned. This is an absurd masterpiece.