Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy


Directed by: Adam McKay
Written by:Adam McKay, Will Ferrell
Starring: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, Fred Willard
Released: October 21, 2004
Grade: B-

Will Ferrell has many credits to his name but you always know what to expect when it comes to his wacky brand of comedy.  Elf, Old School, The Ladies Man, Zoolander, Superstar and A Night At The Roxbury you may have already heard of.  The creatively titled Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy isn’t as funny nor black as I suspected it to be.

The infamous Ron Burgundy (Ferrell) is the head of the top-rating news team at Channel 4.  He works alongside Brian Fantana (Rudd), Steve Carell (Brick Tamland), and David Koechner (Champ Kind) in a male dominated office place.  Enter… Veronica Corningstone (Applegate).  She’s the new female reporter hired by the network head and has her eyes on becoming the country’s first female news anchor.

It’s not going to be easy for Veronica though.  Her first assignment at the network was a dodgy reporting job covering a fashion show for cats.  She’s even less impressed when she sees the seedy guys trying to continually crack on to her around the office.  The only person looking out for her seems to be Ron Burgandy himself and lo and behold, he wins his way into Veronica’s heart and also into her bedroom.

Trouble soon brews though when Ron misses a broadcast and Veronica has to step in.  She wows the audience, ratings are up, and Ron soon finds himself with competition from an unwanted co-anchor…

The costumes are worth a laugh as are the ridiculous antics of the moronic Brick who seems to get the bulk of the laughs.  Ferrell is trying to get laughs by playing it straight but it doesn’t always work.  Perhaps his character is just not crazy or eccentric enough.  With the jokes themselves, too many fall into an abyss.