This has reviewed quite well, but I just spent the whole movie waiting for the slow-burn to pay off. It never did and even the effectively nasty ending wasn't enough to make up for the distinct lack of a compelling story, or indeed any major scares.
Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland are too brilliant not to occasionally create magic, and that proves to be true. Despite the best efforts of a terrible script, tired direction and a needlessly butt-numbing two hour running time, there are moments of real tenderness in this movie.
Unfortunately, they're far too spread out to rescue the film from its own soporific tone. It also features illness of the most Hollywood kind. Both Sutherland's mental illness and Mirren's physical one are only triggered at the most plot convenient moments.
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…