Cert: 12A Runtime: 94 mins Director: Adam McKay Cast: Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner, Christina Applegate and Fred Willard
For just one night let’s not be Co-workers. Let’s be Co-people
Ron Burgundy and his new team will be returning to the big screen next week, personally I’m not a fan of a sequel but who am I to judge? Back in 2004 Will Ferrell brought us to San Diego in the 70’s to the world of local news. For a lot of people it’s just a mediocre comedy at best, for some others is comedy gold. So what is Anchorman? Top rated anchor man Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) has had major success at the top, and has for the last five years he has been the top anchor in San Diego. And his news team is equally as good as he is. Champ Kind (David Koechner) handles the sports, Brick Tamland (Steve Carrell) handles the weather, and Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) handles the on-field reporting. But now all that is about to change forever. His network Channel 6 has embraced diversity and has hired a beautiful new female anchor named Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate). While Ron Burgundy and the rest of the Channel 6 news team enjoys fighting with competitors, drinking, and flirting with the ladies, Veronica quietly climbs her way to the top. And Veronica’s success drives Ron Burgundy crazy. So much that Veronica’s meddling causes Ron to get demoted and ultimately lose his job with Channel 6. Now left with nothing, Ron must find a way to get back to the top – and that involves a story about a rare Chinese panda giving birth on US soil. Will Ron be the one to report the story on a national level?
Let me start by saying that I am not a big Will Ferrell fan. I have enjoyed many of his films but, like Adam Sandler and Jim Carrey before him, it always feels like he is playing the same character over and over. The problem that I have with him is that this particular character was perfected in Anchorman – if he ever plays a better role than Ron Burgundy I will be surprised.This is Ferrells film. He wrote and starred and it is clear that it plays to his strengths as a comedian. There is not a scene he is in where he isn’t perfect. He would never win any best actor awards for these types of performance and rightly so but for the roles he plays, his performance as Ron Burgundy is second to none.This film is so, so funny. From start to finish the humour comes thick and fast. There are some really off the wall moments (the gang fight springs instantly to mind) and some stupidly childish moments (Sex Panther anyone?!) and these sit along some great one liners (the teleprompter scene to which the subject refers and the reaction of Ron to it are priceless) and set pieces. It is a potent mixture that comes together effectively to create a wild ride that ensures you are never bored. It is as far from high brow as you can get but at the same time sufficiently above dick and fart jokes as to let it stand out from the crowd. Ferrell is supported by a stellar cast, a who’s who of film comedians from the 2000’s. Paul Rudd and Steve Carrell are the most obvious but Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughan and Luke Wilson pop up to add to the fun. They are clearly enjoying themselves and their performances bar none are brilliant. It was never going to win any Oscars but as a pure, balls out, hilarious film you are going to struggle to find anything better.