I had never watched Anchorman before tonight. It is a very strange movie. Also, Steve Carell is very funny playing an idiot (the role he seems to be made to play).
The reason I finally decided to watch it tonight was the discovery of a special limited edition Ben & Jerry’s flavour linked to the release of Anchorman 2. I can happily report that “Crunchy Crunch Crunch” is a delicious flavour worth sampling.
The only caveat on my enjoyment is that the misogyny was decidedly hard to watch. I know it was on-purpose and for comedic effect, and that’s what pulled me through, but it felt uncomfortably like the kind of behaviour and thinking that still runs in places even now. I’m not sure where I stand on the idea that comedy on touchy subjects is fraught with danger. It may normalise ideologies that we should be trying to eradicate. But where is the line where the caricature of reality actually makes fools out of anyone still holding on to these kinds of ideas? Can something just be funny taken out of the context of reality without carrying the crushing weight of history? Where is that line of “too soon”?
It was decidedly ridiculous and funny though.
So I’m choosing to have enjoyed the movie.
Just not entirely unreservedly.