Posted by: ckckred | July 4, 2012

Anchorman: The Legend of Rob Burgundy a not-so-great Ferrell film

Rob and his news gang jump up in joy

I decided to take a little break from my serious movie marathon (coming up soon any day now are Barry LyndonThe Killing, and All the President’s Men) to watch Anchorman.  To be honest, I’ve never see it before, but I’ve had my interest perked up by the upcoming sequel.

My expectations were pretty high for this film.  Unlike comedians such as Adam Sandler and Tyler Perry, I’ve always liked Will Ferrell.  He’s starred in some very funny films, such as Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and Blades of Glory. Ferrell even made me watch Saturday Night Live during his tenure, and seeing the state of SNL the last two decades, that’s not something easy to do.  And even though he’s been in some bad films, like Land of the Lost, I’ve always been a loyal fan.

Anchorman is about a 70s news reporter named Rob Burgundy, who’s the star of his local city San Diego.  He has a news team that includes the rowdy Champ Kind (David Koechner), the slick Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), and the moronic Brick Tamland (Steve Carrell, who at the time was still working on The Daily Show).

Rob and his friends are happy, until the station hires a new reporter, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate).  Veronica’s dreaming of making it big in the newsroom, which upsets Rob’s friends, who believe women don’t have a place in the news.

Of course, Rob and Veronica fall in love, and there’s an obligatory amount of scenes featuring them together.  Then they split up when Veronica’s promoted to the co-anchor.

The real problem with Anchorman has to do with Ferrell.  Pretty much every character he does goes over the top, but all of them have different personalities.  Take Ricky Bobby for example.  He’s a redneck Nascar driver, and Ferrell parodies all aspects of Bobby.  Rob Burgundy is supposed to be a parody of a 70s anchor with a slick haircut, but Ferrell has his character just say things like “by the beard of Odin” throughout the entire film.

There are some funny parts in the film, such as one that featured a short cameo from Jack Black.  But overall, Anchorman goes on too long, and feels like a stretched SNL sketch made into the movie.  Overall, I felt pretty disappointed with the movie and hope the sequel is better than this.

The film has a large cult following, and I’m sure someone will tell me the movie’s actually very funny.  I really wanted to like this one, but I just couldn’t.

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Responses

  1. The Only Thing I Picked Up From This Flick That Was Memorable, Was…
    “60% Of The Time, It Works Every Time!”
    …And Of Course…
    …Finding Out That San Diego Means “A Whale’s Vagina” hahahaha
    Otherwise, Yeah, Not A Great Flick 😉
    Great Review, Though 🙂
    -B.

    • I felt the movie was very hit-or-miss. When it hit, it was very funny, such as the 60% of the time it works all the time, which made me laugh out loud too. But it missed more of the time though. Thanks for commenting.

  2. When I saw this in theaters I chuckled at a few parts but left wholly unimpressed. When I saw it again on DVD some time later I laughed at nearly everything about it. I’m not sure what changed for me, but few movies get that delayed reaction from me.

    • Maybe if I watch it again, I’ll like it more. I guess it’s one of those films that gets funnier when you watch it more. Thanks for commenting.

  3. […] Thoughts: You can check out my review by clicking here, but I’ll reiterate my thoughts.  I’m typically someone who likes Will Ferrell.  I […]


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