Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)


Dave’s 3-Word Review:
So, so random

A lot of people hate Will Farrell, and for good reason. He can get annoying by playing roles that seem to all be similar, or identical in a way. His roles may all be similar, but some people just don’t care, and prefer it that way. Fortunately, most people know that all of his roles seem to be all similar in a way to his role in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. That basically just means that they know it is one of his most popular roles, ever. That also means they can’t just watch the movie and say, oh god, not another identical role, because they know this is where it originated, where it was good.

Will Ferrell plays Ron Burgundy in this comedy revolving around a news station. By his side is Brick (Steve Carell), Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), and Champ (David Koechner). The station is run by Ed Harken (Fred Willard). This is back in the day where apparently man still ruled the world, so when Veronica (Christina Applegate) strolls into the station looking for a job, all Hell breaks loose. They hate her professionally, but love her sexually, especially Ron.

This movie is so…random, but I love it. There is almost almost no plot to this entire film. Most of the actual plot can be found in the alternate version of this movie, but the theatrical plot really had nothing to offer plotwise. There was one small thing about covering a story about a pregnant panda…but that was it! The real question is what exactly is so great about this movie to drag people to the theaters and watch this film multiple times before eventually deciding to full out purchase it? There’s actually quite a bit of reason here. One of them is quite simply put: the random humor.

This is stupid humor 101, complete with the most random of scenes you will ever hope to see. There are so many one-liners in this film that it’s just ridiculous. Even those that haven’t seen the movie have most likely already heard a lot of the lines in the film, because they were just so different, odd, and hilarious. People integrated the lines into their own life, and it spread like wildfire. Each of the characters are so weird, and most of them don’t make any logical sense, but it is so great, and hilarious, and I just can’t wait for the sequel. Screw the fact that there is seemingly no plot.

Another reason why people would go see this film was obviously because of the ensemble comedy. It’s not technically ensemble, but it is darn near. Right down to all of the many special guest stars are really recognizable, and they really add to the film, to its hilarity. People aren’t watching this movie for the story, or to see if it is Oscar-worthy, not at all. In fact, I think the writers would slap anyone for having those expectations. No, people watch this to laugh their faces off at the bizarre comedy that just doesn’t seem to quit.

I wouldn’t personally add this to my DVD collection, because I don’t see myself watching this all of the time, but I would definitely rent it from time to time just for laughs. It really makes no sense, but it’s funny. A lot of people would stay away from it simply because it’s Will Ferrell acting like Will Ferrell, but hear me: if there is one Will Ferrell stupid humor comedy film you should watch, it is without a doubt, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. 

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