HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Wind, The
Holly and the Ivy, The
Atlantique
Now, Voyager
Wolf's Call, The
Nostalghia
Nightingale, The
Eighth Grade
Irishman, The
Betrayed
Lords of Chaos
Operation Petticoat
Dead Don't Die, The
On the Waterfront
Last Faust, The
Moonlighting
Art of Self-Defense, The
Ironweed
Booksmart
Prisoners
Beach Bum, The
Kill Ben Lyk
Into the Mirror
Support the Girls
Werewolf
Little Monsters
Spider-Man: Far from Home
Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans
Pentathlon
Anna
Moulin Rouge
Ray & Liz
African Queen, The
Helen Morgan Story, The
Golem, Der
Yentl
Finishing Line, The
Triple Threat
Mysterious Castle in the Carpathians, The
Driven
   
 
Newest Articles
Step Back in Time: The Amazing Mr. Blunden on Blu-ray
Crazy Cats and Kittens: What's New Pussycat on Blu-ray
No Place Like Home Guard: Dad's Army - The Lost Episodes on Blu-ray
A Real-Life Pixie: A Tribute to Michael J. Pollard in Four Roles
We're All In This Together: The Halfway House on Blu-ray
Please Yourselves: Frankie Howerd and The House in Nightmare Park on Blu-ray
Cleesed Off: Clockwise on Blu-ray
Sorry I Missed You: Les Demoiselles de Rochefort on Blu-ray
Silliest of the Silly: Monty Python's Flying Circus Series 1 on Blu-ray
Protest Songs: Hair on Blu-ray
Peak 80s Schwarzenegger: The Running Man and Red Heat
Rock On: That'll Be the Day and Stardust on Blu-ray
Growing Up in Public: 7-63 Up on Blu-ray
Learn Your Craft: Legend of the Witches and Secret Rites on Blu-ray
70s Psycho-Thrillers! And Soon the Darkness and Fright on Blu-ray
Split: Stephen King and George A. Romero's The Dark Half on Blu-ray
Disney Post-Walt: Three Gamechangers
But Doctor, I Am Pagliacci: Tony Hancock's The Rebel and The Punch and Judy Man on Blu-ray
Once Upon a Time in Deadwood: Interview with Director Rene Perez
Shit-Eating Grim: Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom on Blu-ray
Stallone's 80s Action Alpha and Omega: Nighthawks and Lock Up
Python Prehistory: At Last the 1948 Show and Do Not Adjust Your Set on DVD
You Could Grow to Love This Place: Local Hero on Blu-ray
Anglo-American: Joseph Losey Blu-ray Double Bill - The Criminal and The Go-Between
Marvel's Least Loved and Most Loved: Fantastic 4 vs Avengers: Endgame
   
 
  Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Making The NewsBuy this film here.
Year: 2004
Director: Adam McKay
Stars: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner, Fred Willard, Chris Parnell, Kathryn Hahn, Fred Armisen, Seth Rogen, Danny Trejo, Holmes Osborne, Vince Vaughn, Tim Robbins, Luke Wilson, Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Missi Pyle
Genre: Comedy
Rating:  7 (from 2 votes)
Review: The time: the nineteen-seventies. The place: San Diego, California. And the man: Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), the most trusted local news anchor in the city, every other station comes a distant second in the ratings when he is on the air as most of the population tunes in to hear him deliver the day's events in his avuncular but commanding style, a giant among newsmen. He has solid support from his team of Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), the roving reporter, Champ Kind (David Koechner), the sports reporter, and Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) who takes care of the weather. But what if there was someone else added to that party of four? And what if that someone was... a woman?

Anchorman was a film that, much like Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery a few years before it, was not entirely appreciated at its initial release yet as with the Mike Myers opus went on to be endlessly quoted by those who rented it on home video, or DVD as it would then be. That quotability was a big reason many comedies have taken off with the public, it's more than simply a catchphrase that would have been the bonus to any comedy act of decades before, it was an apparent non sequitur that when delivered to an appreciative audience, no matter if it was only one person, would immediately break down all barriers of class, gender, race and politics and prove a universal method of uniting the globe.

OK, maybe that's an exaggeration, but there are certain films and television shows where a well placed quote from a celebrated moment allows the speaker to benevolently borrow its cool and set the room laughing in welcoming a happy memory of a pop culture artefact, and Anchorman went over like gangbusters with many thousands, even millions. Funnily enough, although Will Ferrell and his director Adam McKay were credited with the script, a lot of the most quoted lines were of the improvised variety as the cast were made up of many a seasoned improv talent. So many random gags were left on the cutting room floor that they rescued them and crafted a whole different, feature length, straight to DVD effort, which was either an indication of how fertile the performers' imaginations were, or of how long the shooting day must have been.

Conceive of it: everyone coming up with the best lines they could, not all of them successful, until McKay called "cut!" for the umpteenth time and then the process began all over again - who says these stars don't earn their money? They must have the patience of Job. This was not just a selection of sketches featuring as much silly dialogue as they could dream up, as there was an actual plot to Anchorman as well, which would have been the centre of a let's laugh at the seventies satire in many a comedy yet in this case was the source of more excuses for the cast to act like idiots for giggles. This new female reporter is Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), who enters the bear pit of testosterone-fuelled news reporting and sets the cat among the sexist pigeons, before entering an actual bear pit for the grand finale of foolishness.

Nevertheless, we are well aware Veronica, while in possession of flaws of her own, is in the right and represents the future, while the Channel 4 news team of Ron and company are in danger of becoming dinosaurs if they don't shake up their act. But this was not really making any great ethical stand other than that, and the men's workplace prejudices are the springboard for the cast to behave as ludicrously as possible with the reporters first trying to persuade Veronica into their beds to get her under their control, and when against the odds Ron succeeds, get overconfident and lose their grip on the situation dramatically. Thrown up seemingly for the hell of it were such scenes as Ron having a conversation with his dog Baxter, Ron playing jazz flute ("I dabble"), the men goading their TV rivals into a pitched battle on the streets of San Diego where Brick really does kill someone, and a bunch of morale-boosting support from famous faces who not coincidentally had starred together in their other movies. For some, Anchorman was too stupid for words; for others, that was the appeal. Music by Alex Wurman.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 1478 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star do you think makes the best coffee?
Emma Stone
Anna Kendrick
Michelle Rodriguez
Sir Patrick Stewart
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Enoch Sneed
Darren Jones
Paul Smith
  Rachel Franke
Paul Shrimpton
  Desbris M
   

 

Last Updated: