467. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

Background info

467-anchormanTitle: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Director: Adam McKay
Year: 2004
Run time: 1hr 34m

“There was a time before cable when the local anchorman reigned supreme… Enter the hard-hitting world of 1970’s local TV news, where Ron Burgundy and his loyal Channel 4 News Team are San Diego’s #1 rated news source. All is well in their male-dominated world of news until beautiful, rising star reported Veronica Corningstone turns it all upside down. Sparks don’t just fly, they ignite and all-out war between the two perfectly coiffed anchorpersons. In a job where it pays to jeep a straight face, Anchorman is the comedy that makes it almost impossible to stop laughing.”

Live blog

1:35 – Excellent voiceover man. I wish I could do the big, bold voiceover thing.
4:06 – Epic walk by Mr Rudd.
5:09 – Water-skiing squirrel! Take it to the riverbank.
13:38 – Panda news, yay!
15:25 – “I don’t know what we’re yelling about. Loud noises!”
20:38 – Little dig at the TV ratings there.
23:06 – “Sixty per cent of the time it works every time.”
26:46 – Is squire a verb?
28:23 – Panda watch!
32:25 – Is jazz flute a thing?
40:38 – They make the weirdest musical quartet ever.
48:53 – Did they just drop-kick a dog off a bridge?
58:40 – “Son of a beesting.”
1:01:59 – Hehe, taking a break from their pledge drive.
1:06:50 – Anchorman rage.
1:18:53 – Baxter!!! Phew.
1:21:27 – He could just send someone else to get help. Win win.
1:27:44 – “I’m 72% sure I love you.”

Conclusions

We’ve had this one on our list for a while, it’s so supremely popular and referenced all over the place – movies, TV, you name it – so we knew we’d have to give in and watch it eventually. The trailer didn’t exactly inspire me, and god how I have struggled with films set in the 1970s this year. However, after watching the brutality of Lone Survivor, I needed something completely different and refreshing.

It was good, although I was very aware that most of the time I wasn’t “getting it”. I can’t really see why it’s so culturally acclaimed, but perhaps it was of a time and a place that just passed me by. It was better than I thought, and laugh out loud funny in places. But on the flip side, I didn’t really enjoy the sexism storyline, and Ron Burgundy doesn’t cut it as a character for me. Loved Steve Carell though.

No matter what it was like, though, I can’t believe I didn’t know it was centred around a panda. If someone had told me that ten years ago, I’d have been all over it!

Rating: 2/5.

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