Anchorman just happens to be one of those movies that have a very interesting concept but it can seem incredibly stupid at the same time. I can't lie because I am a big Will Ferrell fan so I was very hype to see it when it came out so I went right to the theatres. I came out with a lot of anger and all I could say was it was horrible. After seeing it in the theatre for some reason I bought the DVD and now I can't stop watching it. See these types of movies need a tremendous amount of nothing to watch them. What I mean by nothing is you need no intelligence, thinking, or even concentration because everything in Anchorman is easy to get.
It's hilarious but to people that actually watch movies like this or Napoleon Dynamite and every other movie like them while being in a smart mode they fail to see it for what it really is. That's the problem today, people are too concerned with everything but what's actually funny in the films and they get mad at them. You have to be laid back and relaxed for a movie like anchorman and most of all you need a huge goofy sense of humor. I leave you with this advice; movies like this are always better when you have a goofy buddy to watch them with. If you have someone that laughs with you at what would seem to be dumb situations things become a little more worth watching. Anchorman will most likely not be funny the first time you watch it but it will grow on you and get funnier and funnier.
*** out of **** Adam McKay's "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" is a full-time, full-force farce. A lot of comedies tend to at least try and achieve some sort of slight dramatic resonance, but this film has a whoopee cushion for a brain. Whenever the artificial sound of a fart is triggered, the film gets inspired. But that's just how it works. And it might have rendered the screenplay - which it racy, talky, and somewhat raunchy (although only extended to dick and fart … more
"Anchorman" just didn't do it for me. At once it was a laugh out loud, slap your mama funny movie and then it becomes this dull, worn out, drawn out and unfunny Saturday Night Live skit from the mid-90's. In other words, when it is funny, it's very funny, but when it misses the mark, it misses by a good ol' country mile. Will Ferrell goofs his way through this flick in sometimes funny, but mostly annoying, fashion. Christina Applegate wasted herself here. The "newsteam" that … more
Pros: Ferrell, cameos Cons: not funny, boring, awful characters The Bottom Line: "It's anchorman not anchorlady!" In comedy, there is such a thing as good stupid. Dude, Wheres My Car? was certainly a stupid movie featuring stupid characters, but at least it made me laugh. It doesnt take much to make me chuckle, but I think I laughed approximately five times during Anchorman, and two of those were during the outtakes … more
Will Farrell followed up his star-making vehicleElf, which matched his fine-tuned comic obliviousness to a sweet sincerity, with a more arrogant variation on the same character: Ron Burgundy, a macho, narcissistic news anchor from the 1970s. Along with his news posse--roving reporter Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd,Clueless), sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner), and dim-bulb weatherman Brick Tamland (Steve Carell,Bruce Almighty)--Burgundy rules the roost in San Diego, fawned upon by groupies and supported by a weary producer (Fred Willard,Best In Show) who tolerates Burgundy's ego because of good ratings. But when Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate,View from the Top) arrives with ambitions to become an anchor herself, she threatens the male-dominated newsroom.Anchormanhas plenty of funny material, but it's as if Farrell couldn't decide what he really wanted to mock, and so took smart-ass cracks at everything in sight. Still, there are moments of inspired delirium.--Bret Fetzer