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467. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

Published September 29, 2014

Background info

Title: 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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