||[Jul. 9th, 2004|10:30 pm]
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Will Ferrell amazes me.
I always loved his performances on "Saturday Night Live." Will Ferrell . . . the comedian Jimmy Fallon wishes he could be.
We watched a trailer for an upcoming Jimmy Fallon and Queen Latifah film . . . pure garbage, seemingly. Again, the Foxx/Cruise film that I watched in the trailers looks really, really good.
Ferrell does a pretty good job at lampooning the icon-like local news anchormen of the 1970s. Ferrell plays Ron Burgundy, an anchorman's anchorman. His co-news-men-stars, Paul Rudd as Brian Fantana, Steven Carell as Brick Tamland, David Koechner as Champ Kind, they have it never-ever-so-better in their little kingdom of San Diego . . . until Christina Applegate's character, Veronica Corningstone, transfers from a network affiliate in the south-east US.
Apparently, this film has many scenes (including ones used in the trailers) that didn't make it into the film.
The pool scene where the co-worker tells Ron Burgundy that his family is torn apart, and his life is crashing, to which Burgundy cuts him off, blurting, "Faaantastic," . . . well that one's not in the film.
I liked Anchorman, and the conflict between Ron Burgundy and Veronica Corningstone ignited the comedy.
If you ask me which film is better, I liked Dodgeball a bit more than this one. The comedy in Anchorman didn't hit with as much power, and the great comedy came at a much slower pace. Thurber's Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story did a better job in the comedy department for me.
Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller show up in cameo in Anchorman, and there is a rather funny moment when Ferrell, Stiller, and Vaughn clash like titans.
This film is a good royal rumble of cameos, actually.
One, in particular, felt really bizarre. During the credits at the end of the film, the out-takes roll . . . in them, a clip of Burt Reynolds and Sally Field, probably from the Smokey and the Bandit films, appears.
I have little from research, however, I can make two attempts at the "why."
1) McKay plans to use Burt and Sally in an upcoming film, Talladega Nights, listed on IMDB.
2) People think Will Ferrell's Burgundy looks a lot like Burt Reynolds.
I posted about it in the Anchorman message board on IMDB . . .
Anchorman is worth the price of admission.