Movie Review: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (20

Title: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Release Date: July 9, 2004
Director: Adam McKay
Production Company: Apatow Productions

This is one of those movies that look like something I wouldn’t like but since it has become so iconic in popular culture I decided I had to watch it.  Will Ferrell plays Ron Burgundy, the vain anchorman of San Diego’s most popular TV news program in the 1970s.  The totally brotastic crew of the nightly news includes characters played by Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, and David Koechner with Fred Willard playing their producer. Into this milieu enters Christina Applegate as Veronica Corningstone, a woman with ambition of becoming the first female news anchor.  I like that Veronica is neither the butt of the jokes nor a staid straightwoman, but just as goofy as all the men on the news staff.  She becomes both Ron’s rival and romantic interest.

I think the fact that this movie goes for absurdist comedy rather than just plain satire works to its advantage.  Nevertheless, it didn’t make me laugh.  Perhaps I’ve been spoiled by seeing all the memes and thus expected there to be more to the jokes.  Maybe I would have enjoyed this more watching this in a group rather than on me own. Or perhaps I just needed to have watched this when I was 12 years old.  All said, I’ve done my due diligence and declare that this is better than expected but still not my thing.

Rating: **

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