Saturday, January 01, 2005

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

If you haven't seen the recent Will Ferrell comedy that most commercials advertise as just being called 'Anchorman' your missing out on a gem. The actual title of the film is actually the longer phrase I've used as the title of this post. It's not really that important but it gives you an important clue as to the design of the movie. This is a pseudo bio pic. In the film we see the fall and eventual redemption of Ron Burgundy, a good hearted anchorman in the 1970s caught up in the sexual revolution. The cast is very funny and features cameo roles from a lot of recognizable faces. The comedy is very broad - there are the expected funny faces and improv moments from Ferrell and crew but there are also some very absurd and funny set pieces such as a gang fight between rival news teams that seems like it was pulled directly from West Side Story. I haven't laughed at a film this hard in a long time.
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