Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is a 2004 comedy film based on a true story. It showed how news was produced back in the ’70s. No doubt this movie is a box office and ranks as one of the funniest movies of all time because of its natural and remarkable humor.
The movie revolved around the famous narcissist Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) alongside his news team that consists of Brian Fantana (Paul rudd), Champ Kind (David Koechner), and Brick Tamland (Steve Carrell). Brian Fantana was portrayed as a bold man, Champ Kind was dirty-minded and wild, and Brick Tamland was good-hearted but retarded. The team was a perfect combination for this comedy film.
Noticeably, the movie showed that everyone was used to having men producing the news. It got interesting when a girl named Veronica Corningstone, who’s beautiful, talented and dedicated, blonde woman, was hired by the director of Ron as an anchor. Ron and Veronica dated but soon broke up when Ron thought that Veronica was only joking when she mentioned about wanting to be a lead anchor in their date. Ron was sexist and selfish that he didn’t want anyone being in his position, more particularly that it’s a woman. They were head-to-head wanting the other person down.
Men dominating the news industry is not the same as present because women are now being patronized and hired as news anchors. You can see in the movie that gender inequality and discrimination is present. Veronica represented the women community who are being disregarded and neglected back in the days. She tried to prove them wrong while maintaining her composure despite being surrounded by dirty-minded men as the movie progressed.
Sex was portrayed in the movie as something that is very important for men, stereotypical. It was pleasure men were very hungry about. There was a scene when Ron and Veronica had sex and there were no bodies touching but an animated place where Ron and Veronica were riding horses and having fun which described what they were feeling. Violence is also shown in the movie when different news team clash with each other on a battle scene where an arm was chopped off and bodies are lying on the ground. The scene symbolizes the rivalry between different news team that happens in real life. Animal cruelty was also displayed when a biker threw Ron’s dog off the bridge and into the sea as a revenge for Ron hitting and crashing him down while in the road. Lastly, alcohol is something the men didn’t forget in whatsoever the situation is such as when they are happy, sad, or angry.
The movie was a success that it became influential. The famous quotes “Well that escalated quickly”, “I don’t know how to tell you this, but I’m kind of a big deal”, and “I’m in a glass case of emotion” are one of the memes you may always run into.
All in all, the movie became very hilarious with the violence, sex, alcohol, and other bad things added to it. Not denying, these things are what people are looking for. Being a woman, some jokes may be offensive but I understand that the movie only wanted to produce entertainment. Personally, I enjoyed the movie and I will definitely watch the Anchorman 2 soon.