Will Ferrell Month #1: Anchorman, Get Hard

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

This movie is about a local news team in San Diego, set in 1974, that is made up of Ron Burgundy, Brian Fantana, Champ Kind, and Brick Tamland. After being forced to hire a woman anchor, Ron clashes with her; she has goals that she wants to accomplish, whereas Ron is content working for the San Diego news team. Ferrell’s co-stars in Anchorman include Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carrell, David Koechner. Chris Parnell, and Fred Willard. It was directed by Adam McKay.

This movie is one of my favorite Will Ferrell movies that I’ve ever seen and one of my favorite comedy films too. I’ve seen it four times, the most for any movie with Will Ferrell. I like how Veronica (Applegate) holds her own with the men in this film, and actually takes over for the capable but fat headed and lazy Ron Burgundy (Ferrell). He seems to be in it for the glory on a small, local level but doesn’t really have a plan to further his career. The movie combines a great story with a lot of quotable lines too.

This movie is more than Will Ferrell’s usual gag fest, this one comes with fully fleshed out characters who actually have a purpose and a story worth watching more than once. It features a woman who is trying to make it in a world of men in a time when women were just the secretary not known for being seen not heard, and surely not seen on peoples’ tvs reading the news. Not the derivative stuff he’s known for doing in just about every film he’s been in.

Get Hard
Get Hard is about James King (Ferrell) who is a hedge fund manager set to go to prison for ten years at San Quentin for fraud and embezzlement. King hires a man who washes his car named Darnell (Hart) to help him prepare for life in prison because King assumes that since Darnell is black, he knows what it’s like to be in prison and can help him. However, Darnell doesn’t really realize himself, what it means to be tough. His co-stars in Get Hard include Kevin Hart, Alison Brie, Craig T. Nelson, Edwina Findley, and Tip “T.I.” Harris. It was directed by Etan Cohen, making his directorial debut.

Instead of digging deep and pushing the boundaries of it’s subject matter, it merely scratches the surface. This movie never really touches its true potential. It features some very tired and offensive jokes. Also, Get Hard wastes the talents of two very funny people in Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell. This movie should have been very funny, it’s director was involved in the writing of two very good movies: he wrote Men in Black 3 and co-wrote Tropic Thunder (with Justin Theroux and Ben Stiller).

This seems to be another Will Ferrell movie where he just acts weird and appears naked on screen making a few people laugh. I was surprised that this movie made over a $100 million at the box office. There doesn’t seem to be any depth to this film. Maybe this film would have been better if it had been director who wasn’t making his directorial debut; a more seasoned director may have tried to make the movie better and not be so superficial.

I think Will Ferrell just plays some clueless idiot in every movie in a different situation, with enough changed in the wardrobe, sets, and whatever else to ensure that it’s not considered a remake of something else he’s already done. I like some of Will’s movies, but this one doesn’t seem like it’s worth watching more than once. I feel like I’ve already seen this movie before, it’s just got a different coat of paint on it.

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