Thursday, 27 October 2011

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

The Basics 

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is an American film which came out in 2004. It was directed by Adam McKay and written by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. It also stars Will Ferrell in the lead role as Ron Burgundy himself. This film is a comedy which is about the local news, a male dominated world, street gangs, feminism, quotes and good looking hair.

What is this film about?

In the 70’s there is one local news team in San Diego that is miles above the rest and this is the KVWN-TV Channel 4 Evening News team and there lead anchor is none other than Ron Burgundy. After being given the status of highest-rated news program in San Diego again, they go back to the same party they do every year to celebrate. This time there is something different. There Ron meets a beautiful, blonde woman who has no idea who he is and does not fall for his charm. The next day we find out that the woman at the party is Veronica Corningstone, the new ambitious newswoman at the station.
Will her ambition change this male dominated world and as the men see her as fair game, will any of them woo her?  
My views on it
Every time I use to think about this film I was able to pull out all the best quotes from it and look back on it with happy memories. If you have watched this film then I bet you have quoted it in your everyday life; from saying to a girl ‘I want to be on you’, when you wanted to descried your feeling towards lighting features ‘I love lamp’ or just when you want to talk about figures ’60 % of the time, it works every time ‘.
When I watched this film again recently I am a little sad to say that it didn’t reach up to the expectations that I had of it in my memory. Yes all the funny quotes where there and I did giggle at them but that was about it. In my recent viewing of this film I was trying to look for something deeper than just the jokes but there isn’t anything really. Yea you can say that there is the theme of the "second-wave" of the Women's Movement that happened between the 1960’s to the 1990’s in this film with Veronica trying to become a success in this man’s world. But in this film it seems like this theme is there more so they can make sexist comments then have a strong insight or opinion on this political movement .so when you look past the clever quotes and funny situations there isn’t much to this film, but is it enough? Mmmmmm……. Yea. I think so. This film isn’t going to leave you thinking or change your view on anything but as a comedy it fulfils its number one objective, it makes you laugh. The comedy in this film is great and after the film you will still be laughing at the quotes that are rolling around your head and you will be singing afternoon delight as well.
As for the characters they are a reflection of the film itself, there isn’t much to them but they are well acted and funny. The film did have a great comedy cast with Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and more and this did add a lot to the film.
So if you want to see some great comedy performed by a good cast and that’s about it then this is the film for you but if you wanted to watch something with any kind of depth then best look somewhere else.
Favourite Quote 
Ron Burgundy: Oh Audrey - I look like hell! I got bags under my eyes. What's that? Well if you were a man, I'd punch you. Punch you right in the mouth. That's bush. Bush league. YOU HEAR ME? AUDREY! LOOK AT ME! I'm sorry. I'm sorry. Alright?
Rating 3/5