Movies, movies, movies...
So the wife's away and I'm trying to squeeze in watching a view movies. Thanks to some friends I rented Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
, and Shaun of the Dead
. Last night I watched Anchorman
This and Elf
are the only Ferrell movies I have seen. I enjoyed him in SNL and Elf was very funny (more in a big bunch of smiles way, than a rolling around on the floor way). This movie had some laughs for me and more than a few smiles so I'll say as a comedy it was effective, though not as funny as I'd thought it would be.
Christina Applegate was great in this. She was gorgeous and very believable. By the last I mean that Ms. Corningstone wasn't quite the caricature that the other characters were and she was in that regards a breath of fresh air.
My favorite character was probably weather man Brick Tamland played by Steve Carell. He's slated to play Maxwell Smart in the Get Smart
remake (I'd go off on remakes here but I'm taking several deep breaths). He also plays in Office
. He plays "clueless" really well and should be good as Max. Brick had some of the best moments in the film "Love lamp." being one of my favorites and a deleted scene where he gets his hands on the mike.
My favorite scene in the movie was the fight between the various news factions. Caricatures were flying thick and fast.
I suppose my biggest problem with this movie and perhaps why I didn't enjoy it as much would be that it's a bit like a Weird Al song only it lasts for over 90 minutes. It's a great premise and I understand that most of the characters are incredibly shallow by design, but it doesn't have the same "fun quotient" as say Airplane
. It's not really mean-spirited which was a nice surprise, but it felt really...heavy. And some of the jokes (particularly the teleprompter gag) were reaaaallly telegraphed.
I really did enjoy the film a great deal and there were moments of brilliance. The snipes back and forth between Burgundy and Corningstone as the credits rolled on their news show was fantastic. The bits that they gave Fred Willard (who played station manager Ed Harken) regarding his kids was most humorous. Those and the aforementioned gang fight pulled this out of suffering the same fate as most SNL flicks. What also helped was the fact that Ron wasn't a complete black hole personality-wise. Ferrell managed to give him some humanity and genuine vulnerability (as he did with Buddy) that kept him from being entirely two dimensional.
So taking the good with the bad I would say that this gets a solid 7.5/10. Glad I saw it, probably wouldn't watch it again unless I was with a group of guys and beer was involved.