|Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexual humor, language and comic violence.
Directed By:Adam McKay
It doesn’t matter who you are in America, names like Dan Rather, Peter Jennings and Barbara Walters all have their name synonymous with bringing you the news. Over the years television has been the way to bring viewers across America news about the world they are living in. Anchormen such as Rather and Jennings have become icons in the news business, bring you what’s going on in your neck of the woods every single night. Former SNL star Will Farrell realized that there is something about a news anchor that every lady in America loves. Whether it’s their charming good looks, their soothing voice, or that they just might be the only dependable “man” in the world that will be in your home and carrying on an intelligent conversation with you at the same time every single night, ladies love the news anchors.
In Farrell’s new flick, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Farrell plays Ron Burgundy, an evening news anchor that is loved by all of his home town of San Diego. Ron has San Diego wrapped around his finger, and rival news anchors can’t compete with Ron’s sex appeal and reporting skills. But when his boss tries to be more diverse by hiring a female anchor to join his news team, Burgundy’s life is flipped upside down. Burgundy has to learn how to share the spotlight with his new co-anchor and still remain on top of his game; Bringing you what is going on in your world tonight.
Will Farrell has finally found his chance to shine. Every great SNL star goes through stages like this where their movies attract a lot of bank. Other SNL stars like Julia Sweeney star in horrible SNL movies like “It’s Pat the Movie” and have their careers doomed for life. Farrell let his co-stars take the low road and he exited onto the high with other SNL greats like Bill Murray, Chris Farley, Mike Myers and more. To show that I didn’t forget about them, SNL greats like Norm McDonald, David Spade and Tim Meadows exist in the world as well, but have strayed off the path and reside somewhere in the forest between the two “roads.” Never mind them though. The point is Farrell has found his niche and it working well for him.
Anchorman has the potential to be one of the funniest comedies this year. I haven’t laughed this hard since Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, which was only a few weeks back. Anchorman is much more family friendly than the raunchy Dodgeball flick, and is filled full of great laughs that probably become even funnier upon a second viewing. Farrell is great as always, but Anchorman shines because of great cameos and a fun supporting cast, Such as Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd and the hilarious Steve Carell. Carell steals the screen when he is on as the mentally challenged weather announcer, especially in a scene where he declares his love for “carpet” and a “lamp.”
The problem with Anchorman is that when the laughter died down, the film crashed hard. Lots of laughs are packed in lots of scenes through out the film, but unlike some other films, I felt for each peak of almost uncontrollable laughter the movie had, it also had it’s share of valleys of stale moments as well. It was almost as thought they were trying to be too witty at times, and it didn’t always work.
I guess in the end, Anchorman is a great film to check out. It’s a great comedy that will supply you with plenty of great laughs. Is Anchorman the best film of the year? Of course not, but it is a great movie none the less. Personally I would say Dodgeball is a much funnier film, but Anchorman may end up on an equal pedestal before the year is over. Go head out to the theaters and check out Farrell before his career fades away like Bill Murray and other lost members of the SNL cast. It’s Farrell’s time to shine, and why shouldn’t you contribute your buck for the sake of being entertained by one of America’s top funnymen?