When you’ve got Anchorman, who needs the real news?
We tend to think of Netflix as primarily a source of original content. The fourth instalment of Stranger Things is finally here. Service pillars include true crime and standup comedy. Even if Netflix doesn’t make the movie, it gets a wonderful one that’s a must-see even if it wasn’t made by Netflix.
After only one day on Netflix, one of these films has already made a comeback on the service’s charts. It’s back on Netflix faster than I can say “unique New York,” as one of the best Will Ferrell comedies, “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” just rocketed to the No. 3 spot in Netflix’s Top 10 Movies list for the United States.
The success of Anchorman can be attributed in part to the fact that it is an ensemble comedy with a solid story but one that is wildly exaggerated. All of Will Ferrell’s co-stars shine, even if he’s the titular moustachioed doofus who anchors the action news hour on the fictional KVWN channel 4.
Why people are watching Anchorman right now
Anchorman is a parody of everything from the old newsroom to the corrosive influence of the boys’ club culture on the workplace. Similarly, Will Ferrell’s character Ron Burgundy is also a dictionary definition of males who are clueless, sexist, and aloof.
While Burgundy and his crew of field reporter Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), sportscaster Champ Kind (David Koechner), and dimwitted meteorologist Brick Tamland are currently the walk’s peacocks, the story is straightforward (Steve Carrell). However, as he discovers when Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) rejects his overtures, the times have changed and his charm has worn flat. Now that Ms. Corningstone has been hired, Burgundy quickly rises to co-anchor status. An inter-news station rivalry breaks out, and Ron’s life takes an unexpected turn for the worst.
There are a lot of great lines in this show, but maybe the most remembered are those delivered by Carrell. Who has forgotten Brick’s fondness for lamps?
As a result, it’s safe to say this is a low-stakes tale. I don’t think it’s exaggeration to say that the current state of affairs in the media is bleak. The state of the news these days is so depressing that no one can really blame you for turning it off for your own benefit. As a result, we regard Anchorman as a meditative approach to shut off the mind.
In Anchorman, San Diego’s obsessions are with a pregnant bear and Ron Burgundy’s unintentional vulgarity.
The critics and public reaction to Anchorman
Although the film received mixed reviews when it was released in 2002, no one was deterred from watching it. The Washington Post’s Desson Thomson said that Anchorman is “wonderfully ridiculous all the time,” which is a high praise. “Anchorman slaps a goofy smile on your face,” Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers said in an unpublished review of the picture, according to Rotten Tomatoes (opens in new tab).
Some critics, such as Seattle Times film critic Moira MacDonald (who writes that, “while the picture is intermittently humorous,” it was done far better on the tiny screen decades ago,” and that it “plays like a small-screen repeat,” were less than complimentary. “A comedic premise that never finds the comic wellspring or anything approximating a reliable supply for chuckles,” Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle said in the Chronicle.
Anchorman, on the other hand, performed well at the box office, despite a crowded field. It only fell short of Spider-Man 2’s opening weekend gross of $28,416,365, according to Box Office Mojo(opens in new tab) (one of the best comic book movies of all time).
According to CinemaScore, audiences gave Anchorman a B- on a scale of A- to F. (opens in new tab).