My Thoughts On… Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

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Synopsis

Ron Burgundy is San Diego’s top rated newsman in the male-dominated broadcasting of the 70’s, but that’s all about to change for Ron and his cronies when an ambitious woman is hired as a new anchor. (via IMDb)

What I Liked

  • The reason that I watched this film in the first place was because I’m currently experiencing a mild Steve Carell obsession, and so I thought, why not? It’s not my type of film, but I’m willing to give it a go in exchange for a bit of Carell. And what do you know, he was pretty much my favourite thing about the film. He plays Brick, who is not necessarily all the ticket, but is all the funnier for it. When he’s shouting at the news director without realising why he’s doing it, that was about the only laugh out loud moment for me in the entire film.
  • The moment when the team started singing Afternoon Delight was another good moment. It’s the way that they almost can’t control themselves, that they have to keep singing, that I loved. And how good they sounded.
  • I suppose the cameos are entertaining; Seth Rogen, Judd Apatow, Luke Wilson, Tim Robbins and Ben Stiller. It’s always nice to see a familiar face pop up at an unexpected moment.

What I Didn’t Like

  • Someone (maybe my friend Anna, I can’t remember) suggested that the right time to see this film has passed. Like maybe I should have seen it when it was first released, rather than now. I’m not sure about this; the sequel is due out really soon so I think that there is still room for new fans of the film, but I guess I agree to a certain extent. If only in so far as, if it took me nine years to get round to watching it, maybe I shouldn’t have bothered.
  • I don’t like Will Ferrell. I’ve tried, but I can’t bring myself to like him. He makes me cringe, he makes me want to throw things at the screen, he simply doesn’t make me laugh as much as he is supposed to. I can put up with him in Elf, but I can’t put up with him in Anchorman. I just don’t find him funny.
  • This is probably the crux of the matter; this just isn’t my type of humour. I went into this film knowing that, but actually expecting, given all the good things that have been said about this film, to laugh despite myself. I was actually surprised when I didn’t. I actually found most of the jokes a little obvious, I saw a few of them coming four miles off, and for a film that is supposed to be so good, I really wasn’t expecting that.

When it comes down to it, I am not a huge fan of comedy films. I love to laugh at a film, but usually find myself laughing hardest at the films that aren’t labelled comedies. This is obviously my problem, rather than Anchorman’s. It’s a very well-loved film, and I’m not saying it’s rubbish. It’s just that I didn’t like it at all, and although my future husband will be starring in the sequel, I doubt that’s enough to make me want to see it. I’ll have to stick to Steve Carell being charming in dramas and animations instead.

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