The Will Ferrellest movie of all time.
For Will Ferrell fans, this film holds a lot of laughs. It’s a little bit slow to start, but once Anchorman gets going it descends into a silliness that made me feel as if I was in Will Ferrell’s mind looking out through his screwy sense of humor. For a fan, that’s a good thing.
Set in the 70’s, this film plays up issues of sex discrimination with a humorous nonchalance and then U-turns over the top. Christina Applegate plays the worlds first female anchor who has thrown the news world of Ron Burgandy’s San Diego into chaos. She’s an excellent foil to the silly remainder of the cast, but the film doesn’t turn her into a stiff for the sake of contrast.
Often ex-SNL folks get criticised for making movies that are like one SNL sketch that runs too long. Anchorman is like a long sketch, but the jokes stay relatively fresh. Ferrell is in top form, and Steven Carell steals many a scene as the brainless weatherman who exists at a sort of amiable rodent-level of intelligence.
While the plot here is somewhat superfluous, it is substantial enough to provide fodder to refresh the jokes. Better still, it’s not formulaic. Look for a number of familiar comedic faces popping up at opportune moments, some just to move the plot along.
In short, this is a big win for Ferrell groupies and a great antidote to everything serious. To non-fans there is probably not too much repeat viewing value, since a lot of the humor comes of Ferrell saying nearly nonsensical unexpected things, but it’s worth seeing once. And Ferrellites will lap it up.Posted by James at July 14, 2004 3:52 AM