Anchorman : A comedy which tells the story about one man. Ron Burgundy who is San Diego's top rated newsman in the male dominated broadcasting of the 1970's. To most people he is looked upon as a national tresure, there isn't anyone in town who doesn't know his name. but that's all about to changes when a new female employee with ambition to become a star arrives in his office, and steals his thunder.
Welcome to the latest film review by Dr.Film. Today I will review the comdiecally adventureous 'Anchorman - The Legend of Ron Burgedny' starring Will Ferrell as Ron Burgendy. Written by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay (The Director of Step Brothers).
This film came to the UK's attention on the 10th of September 2004, and was released in the USA on the 9th of July 2004.
SPOILER ALERT: To those of you who don't want 'Anchorman' do be spoiled for them, I recommend you read this review, later.
The Film revolves around the carrer of one man, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) who is the top-rated anchorman in San Diego in the '70s. The Film is based around male showvanisms, it plays on sexisism, and it also focuses on how those things coherse in the 70's.
After feminism marches into the newsroom in the form of ambitious, firiy and beautiful newswoman Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), Ron and his band of merry men are willing to play along at first-as long as Veronica stays in her place, covering cat fashion shows, cooking, and other "female" interests. But when Veronica refuses to settle for being eye candy and steps behind the news desk, it's more than a battle between two perfectly coiffed anchor-persons, It's a personal war.
A War that Ron and his friends, can not possibly win. after Veronica makes her appearance offical live on the air, reporting the news. Ron decides to get his revenge but fails, and he looses his job because of a practical joke. He leaves the news office in disgrace and becomes a tramp. Only when the biggist news story of the year comes up, and Veronica goes missing, the head office call in the big guns, and Ron is back in buisness, he saves Veronica from beinge aten by wild bears, and gets his Job and girlfriend back. Leaving things very much open for the events of Anchorman 2 to take place.
I will be honest, 'Anchorman' has its moments and sometimes it doesn't. I think after you watch it a couple of times it's just not funny anymore because you know what's going to happen. I think what makes 'Anchorman' work so well, is watching it the first time because then the jokes are really current, and very funny. I thought this film was hilarious the first time I watched it. now I don't really look upon it with a lot of foundness.
Performace wise, 'Will Ferrell' as Ron Burgendy was brilliant. he created another fantastic charcter for me. Ron Burgendy is another great comedy creation by him, so I thank Will Ferrell for making that character a reality so everyone can enjoy him.
Christina Applegate as 'Veronica Coringstone' she was basically there to show the sexist appeal, and male shovanism presented in the film. To get the message across that men and women should be presented as equals.
We as the audience understand this message in the scene when she was talking to Ron about her dream of becoming an Anchorwoman one day. I really liked that scene because it shows depth and identity to Veronica's character which in a sence gives us as people something to realte to as well, because we as individuals all have dreams, maybe not the same as Veronica's but we all have dreams to 'open a shop' or 'buy a house' or 'learn to drive' there all things we can relate to, so there's almost a piece of realism in her character which I liked a lot.
Steve Carell as 'Brick Tamland' was unbelivably funny. I think Steve Carell is a comedy genius because he's done so much good to the world of comedy, he creates so many hilarious characters whenever he does comedy he makes the role his own, and iconic so everyone knows of him and who he is as a comedian. The character of Brick, I thought was a person who is very slow minded, a bit dim witted and quite passive on some accasions. which isn't a bad thing. there just elements I picked up which I thought made his character beliveable.
This film also saw many other guest stars come in to play roles, people like Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption), Ben Stiller (Night at the museum), Vince Vaughen (The Watch) I thought it was a shame that Vince Vaughn wasn't credited in the closing credits, he did an okay job as Wes Mantooth.
Adam McKay returns to another Will Ferrell project, as director. As I said earlier he directed 'Step Brothers' with Will and John C. Rielly. So he is familiar with Will's atributes as a comedy writer and he knows what needs to be done when. He is a very precice director, very very precice, I like a director who knows his stuff.
Overall to those of you who haven't seen 'Anchorman - The Legend of Ron Bergendy' please do and imbrace the laughter. It's very funny the first time around.
I'm going to rate this film a 7/10
I hope to embrace the characters again, when 'Anchorman 2' comes out later in the year.
1 Gold Star to Will Ferrell
1 Gold Star to Christina Applegate
1 Gold Star to Steve Carell
Thanks for reading this review, hopefully you agree with what I said, if you do not then please comment below. I'd be interested to hear some feedback.
NEXT TIME - I will review the new Superman Movie 'Man of Steel' starring Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe and Amy Adams. Directed by Zack Snyder and Produced by Christopher Nolan.
I will post that review on Saturday the 15th of June 2013. You stay classy folks ! :)