Ron Burgundy is a 1970s news anchor in San Diego, a lonely, unintelligent man who will read anything that is written on the teleprompter. In Anchorman, his world is invaded by an ambitious woman with dreams of her own for the anchor position, and Ron doesn't quite know how to react. On the one hand, he is helplessly drawn to her beauty, but on the other, he is threatened, as no woman has ever been a news anchor before, and Burgundy doesn't want to look like a softie to the other news teams in the city.
To analyze Anchorman as a film would be foolish, as it is a movie designed to entertain with laughs, not encourage deep thought. It succeeds in delivering the laughs, though I did take issue with some of the more over-the-top elements, which, while providing perhaps the biggest laughs in the movie - such as the news team rumble - were out of place with the rest of the film, which at times was a very effective satire of television news reporters.
Will Ferrell does a great job as Ron Burgundy in a winning comedic turn, and Christina Applegate proves to be a wonderful foil for him as Veronica Corningstone. There are a few surprise cameos that I will not reveal; some were funnier than others.
I've been known to say that I would be entertained by Will Ferrell dancing on screen with a broomstick for two hours. In Anchorman, Ferrell doesn't get that chance, but the movie is still entertaining enough to warrant a hearty recommendation. Anchorman takes a little bit of time to get rolling, and while it may not be the funniest movie out there, it's still a solid comedy.
February 5, 2005