With the sequel announced recently, it’s worth taking a look back at the original ‘Anchorman’, from 2004.
Will Ferrell plays the moustachioed Ron Burgundy – a TV news anchor who is at the top of his game and loved by the San Diego viewers until one day reporter Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) joins the team and shakes up the male-dominated boat merely by being there.
Will Ferrell is in fine form as the smooth-talking newsman and he’s joined by a clutch of fellow presenters – Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Champion “Champ” Kind (David Koechner) and weatherman Brick Tamland (Steve Carell). The team have a great childlike bunch-of-mates feel to them and Steve Carrell gives some laugh-out-loud moments, although it has to be said that the rest of the group fall short of Ferrell’s level.
A few of the scenes really stay with you, one of which is when Burgundy calls Corningstone into his office. He is pumping iron as she walks in with his shirt off and her response to his silly attempts to impress her offset Ferrrell’s performance perfectly.
It uses one of my favourite film devices too when a character says something and then it jump-cuts on in time to the complete opposite situation occurring (here it cuts to the following morning in the office after Corningstone and Burgundy have had an evening together).
Sure, it can’t handle the end of the story properly and occasionally your patience is stretched here and there, but on the whole this is a great, silly comedy with loads of memorable moments and lingering laughs.
4 on 5
Director: Adam McKay
Starring: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carrell and lots of cameos from the gang
UK Release: July 2004