Friday, May 31, 2013

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

In honor of my husband's 30th birthday, I am reviewing one of our favorite films, Anchorman.  This movie is hilarious from start to finish.

The plot: Ron Burgundy is an anchorman in 1970's San Diego.  He feels threatened when a new employee, Veronica, is hired as part of the news team. She is determined to become the world's first female anchorman.  They try their best to humiliate and sabotage each other. Will they ever learn to work together?


The acting is probably the best part of the films. Even when some of the most hilarious moments happen, they keep a straight face and just let the comedy happen.  Every movement is carefully thought out, and every line delivered flawlessly and dramatically. Look how Will Ferrell portrays his character's anguish:

Steve Carell was a gem as Brick, who had the best one-liners and random sayings. He is easily one of the funniest characters in the movie. Indeed, he does love the lamp. Although it is small, it shines brightly. Shine brightly, Brick.

Script: This movie would be pointless if not for its amazing script. It takes a typical story of feminist history where a woman desires to become "the first female so-and-so" and the jealous males who try to stop her. This could have been easily turned into a drama, but who wants to watch that? There are already plenty of news/tv crew dramas out there. There are so many puns and gags throughout, and the chemistry between the male news team is amazing.  From trying to stay the best rated team in town, to physically attacking rival news team in a huge street brawl; I don't how to put this, but they're kind of a big deal. I'm giving this an 8/10 for being funny from start to finish, with a well-written, almost beautiful script.

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