Nine years after it came out and forty-odd years after it was set, Anchorman has lost none of its genius. Far and away the finest film in the admittedly patchy Frat Pack canon, it immortalised Will Ferrell’s supercilious, scotch-loving and blisteringly funny Ron Burgundy and gold-plated the careers of not a few other actors. And…
we don’t know how to put this but, he’s kind of a big deal.
It’s jean-creaming time.
Great Odin’s raven!
The Farrelly Brothers don’t pull out any stops in this comedy about two men let off the marriage leash for a week. One or two laughs aside, there is not enough genuinely fresh material here to feed a mouse, with gags that feel like they’ve been dragged out of a dusty archive. And Stephen Merchant? Shame on you. Go back home and make us a new show to atone for this terrible decision.
You don’t need us to tell you this was never going to be a good film, but in the age of Up and Where the Wild Things Are, there’s always a chance kids’ movies might surprise you. No surprises here unfortunately – this sequel to the equally inane Alvin and the Chipmunks sees our high-pitched protagonists dealing with high school and a rival rodent-based pop group with typical stupidity and slapstick humour. The plot is formulaic, there’s no acting to speak of and there’s enough cutesyness to test even the strongest stomach.
In the age of Ron Burgundy, 40 Year Old Virgins, epic Hangovers and Funny People, it seems everyone is falling back in love with friendship. But how much can we really trust these young scallywags and their adventures? We fear for the hearts and minds of men everywhere…