|Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
||[Jul. 11th, 2004|11:09 pm]
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I remember TV news in the 70's. I didn't really want to watch it, but back then parents controlled the televisions (I think the balance of power shifted with the advent of the remote control). And of course, I loved watching Mary Tyler Moore, especially when Murray would insult Ted Baxter and Ted wouldn't get it...
So, despite reading some less than glowing reviews, I saw Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. And, I was shocked to discover that I laughed at parts of it...I liked it!
The period is virtually flawless (except for a Rubik's Cube in once scene, and possibly a payphone), the clothes, hair and makeup are perfect, and small touches, like the co-anchors smoking on the set and huge tan IBM Selectrics. There's one scene where Chirstina Applegate (her best performance in a movie ever) is wearing a little white beret, and looking a lot like Mare. Ron's dog is named "Baxter." There are many little, tiny details like that which make watching fun. And Will Ferrell is excellent as Ron Burgundy, blow-dried, leisure-suited local celebrity who is literally one of those "talking heads" who will read anything the TelePrompter puts before him...a little less dim than Ted Baxter, but not quite as bright as Tom Grunick.
Not to mention the supporting cast and the cameos! An unrecognisable Paul Rudd, a typically befuddled Fred Willard, Steve Carrell (the anchorman in Bruce Almighty), and "hey it's that girl!" Katherine Hahn are members of the newsroom staff; look for Jack Black, Luke Wilson, Ben Stiller, Tim Robbins, Stephen Root, Missi Pyle and Vince Vaughn in cameos (and have fun playing the connections game - all of these actors have been in at least one other movie with at least one other actor). There's even an appearance by the "Second Troubador Guy" from Gilmore Girls; interestingly, he, too can be connected to at least two of the actors above.
Oh, the plot is thin, and there are many lame jokes that weren't that funny in high school...but hey, they can't all be Schindler's List. And that's a good thing, because there are times when all you want is fluff. Stay through the credits, too...there's some bloopers and a silly bit at the very end.