- Anchorman works as a satirical criticism of local television.
- Partially because it’s also farcical, meaning it gets away with terrible character development, an uneven plot and some serious sexism.
- Mostly it works because it is absolutely hilarious. Seriously, Jack Black, in the best of the film’s cameos, punting a dog off of a bridge into a river should not be funny. But here; here it is. Ditto that for Will Ferrell saying things like, “By Zeus’ beard.” And a gang fight between rival news teams. And so forth.
- Certainly not intellectual and equally unsophisticated.
- The second half is rushed, even for a satirical farce. Burgundy’s (Will Ferrell) fall from grace is handled hilariously, but his redemption is less skillfully developed.
- Ditto that for the resolution between Burgundy and Corningstone (Christina Applegate).
- The epilogue is unnecessary, and only serves to punch the viewer with resolution.
- But this comedy is skillfully made. It isn’t quite exceptional, but it is far from bad all the same.
- Final Grade: B+