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As I am sure most of you know, Wake Up, Ron Burgundy was compiled
completely of deleted scenes and alternate takes. Some are saying it is
a sequel to Anchorman, but it feels more like an alternate movie. The
same things happen to all the characters, but in different ways. All it
took was a narrator to piece together the scenes on the cutting floor
and there you have it, another movie!
Wake Up, Ron Burgundy is obviously not as good as Anchorman, due to the fact that most of the best scenes made it into the original movie. However, it is an awesome supplement to the original movie, complete with it's own set of special features. It even has it's own deleted scenes. Considering the movie is all deleted scenes, they must have had a ton of extra footage to pull together a project like this. If the movie had to stand on it's own, I would not rate it very high, but for what it is, I give it about a 6.5/10.
Instead of just including the deleted/alternate scenes of "Anchorman", the producers edited them together into a brand new movie. Even though there is new narration explaining how it is a sequel, it is very clear to anyone watching that many of the scenes are alternate versions of scenes in the original film. The main plot (which is most likely a discarded subplot from the original) involves a pacifist gang called the alarm clock, whose members include Maya Rudolph (SNL), and Amy Poehler (Upright Citizens Brigade, SNL) is also in the film. This movie is not as funny as the original, and moves a bit slower, but all together it is worth seeing if you liked the original.
This film is definitely worth checking out if you were a fan of the
theatrical film "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy." This feature
seems to be made of cut footage from the first movie, including a
complete alternate ending for the original film. In many ways, this
second ending makes more sense from a writing standpoint, as many
things that are introduced early on in the script (that are funny on
their own, don't get me wrong) come back in the dramatic conclusion.
The only flaw in this feature is that it tries to pass itself off a sequel, instead of cut footage, and it doesn't quite work. Then again, if you can suspend your disbelief -- that concept becomes pretty funny, as well.
Chock full of great material from Will Ferrell, this film also gives some more screen time for Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, and David Koechner. Justin Long (Dodgeball) even makes an appearance.
Great stuff... although it starts to raise the question - how much money did they spend on this movie? Enjoy folks!
Before seeing this movie, it is a good idea to see Anchorman. At that point, if you have not laughed yourself into a comatose state, then it would be a good time to see this film. From the first few moments watching this, you can see why the footage in this movie was trimmed from Anchorman. Not as funny as that film, the line delivery lacks the 70s-induced obliviousness of the original. What you do see is the main characters of the two movies get deeper into their characterizations, taking them in a slightly different direction from the first film. Some of the scenes in this movie feel out of place with the narration, an element of the film I personally could have done without. This review sounds negative, but what I am listing here are only small gripes with an otherwise acceptable film. Together, Anchorman and Wake Up, Ron Burgundy make one hilarious movie. Without the first, Wake Up Ron Burgundy feels kind of strange.
I loved "Anchorman; The Legend of Ron Burgundy" and hoped this would be just as funny, but alas, it wasn't. Some bits are excellent though. I thought the sports guy, Champ Kind, professing his love for Ron Burgundy in the car filled with the other members of the news team was hilarious. Everyone is ignoring him and he just gets louder and louder and finally kisses Burgundy which doesn't get acknowledged either. But on the whole the story doesn't gel. It's a noble attempt, however, to salvage the unused bits from the first movie, including an entire plot about some pretty benign would-be domestic terrorists called "The Alarm Clock." Maya Rudolph of Saturday Night Live is one of the members and has a couple of funny lines, but basically this unused plot line has good reason to be unused in the first movie. The extras on this disk are pretty good, with the best two being the filmed rehearsals featuring lots of improv comedy, and the faux commentary with Will Ferrell and an "exec producer" who Ferrell discovers early on was not even a part of the movie in any way, shape or form. Turns out he's "just a guy" who walked in the side door of the recording studio and pretended to be a producer. It's some pretty funny stuff though and goes on for about 10 or 15 minutes
i loved 'Anchorman' and it took me a long time to find 'Wake up' after
i found out there was such a movie. i enjoyed it, although it is really
worse than Anchorman, but you should always keep in mind that (the
official story) this is a 'movie' compiled of scenes unrealized from
the original movie as well as alternative subplots. having this in mind
just take it lightly and enjoy it, as there are some genuinely
hilarious scenes that will wet your pants with laughter. still 'wake
up, Ron burgundy' isn't in a form to be considered a movie on its own,
as it only works as a supplement to 'anchorman:the story of Ron
burgundy' - just a way of the team to have some more fun filming some
crazy ideas, and for the viewers to enjoy The News team some more
i enjoyed it :)
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I will be truthful. It was not as good as the original anchorman, but it was still good, in it's own way. The continuing story of Ron Burgundy and his girlfriend Veronica. This time, Ron goes too far....again. Veronica sends Ron on a mission to a fake newscast. The fun discontinued though, after Veronica finds out that Ron could be dead. She begins to worry, and goes out by herself, looking for him. All of the news anchors end up kidnapped. And afterwards, when they are freed, Ron and Veronica fall in love again. This movie deserves the same recognition that its predecessor, "Anchorman" had. It may not have been the same caliber as the original, but is just as fun when it comes down to the story. I laughed, I cried, I loved it. 10 out of 10.
Could "Anchorman" have been funnier had it been allowed to stretch
itself out beyond the two-hour limits of a commercially-minded comedy?
Here's a chance for us "Anchorman" lovers to find out.
In "Wake-Up Ron Burgundy", we see San Diego's Channel 4 news team in action once again. Ron (Will Ferrell) struggles with love and jealousy as co-anchor Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) achieves her dream of big-time success. Meanwhile, their little world is threatened by the emergence of the incompetent but very radical terror cell who calls themselves "The Alarm Clock". When Veronica is captured by this gang, it's up to Ron and his buddies to save the day.
No use getting too excited about that long-discussed "Anchorman" sequel: This is strictly outtakes from the first movie, with some clever editing disguising the fact that Ron and Veronica are meeting here once again for the first time. Better you think of this as an alternate-reality "Anchorman" than a real sequel.
Narrator Bill Kurtis puts it in perspective in his opening narration. What we are about to see, he explains, is "the chaff from the wheat, the skim from the milk, the pudding from the all-you-can-eat lobster buffet, and the surgeon guy from Prince and the Revolution."
What "Wake-Up" really is is a chance to see Ferrell and his co-writer/director Adam McKay working even more of their creepy-funny comedy vibe. Scenes in "Anchorman" could stretch on a bit, but made their point. Here, they stretch on beyond that point, then stretch further.
Ron needs a moment to compose himself on-air while reading a tender story about a Japanese devil owl, then another, and then another. "A lot of emotion here," he says, tearing up.
A creepy mentor figure, Jess Moondragon (Chad Everett) pops up to offer no meaningful advice for Ron, but plenty of lustful rumination on what he'd like to do to Mother Nature - "things you can only do in Bangkok."
Such scenes work as goofier riffs on ideas from the first film, but with a rub. Watching Ron and Veronica's awkward first date a second time isn't so killer with a long sequence showcasing Ron's driving skills replacing his mastery of the jazz flute.
Because it's all outtakes, however skillfully put together, there's story gaps galore and rehashed gags from the first movie with slightly different blocking. The Alarm Clock angle works in bits, but is too thin to serve as a framing device. The character build-up that made "Anchorman" so immersive is shortchanged here. Most of that made the first film.
Fans of Champ Kind (Dave Koechner) will enjoy the wild man acting even wilder here; one moment he's a raving homosexual, five minutes later he's a raging cannibal. Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) lunches on used coffee filters. In addition to Everett (his send-up of the serenely sleazy Moondragon aided by a strong late-career resemblance to Clint Eastwood), there's a brief killer cameo from Stephen Root as a fill-in anchor.
Like I said, it's all sweet stuff if you're an "Anchorman" lover. But it's definitely not the sleeper classic "Anchorman" has become. It's definitely more self-indulgent in its humor and fitful in its direction. "Wake-Up" shows that in addition to being frightfully clever, the people behind "Anchorman" had a lot of sense in where to trim.
fans of Ron, brace yourselves, because he's back. While the movie lacks
direction (since it was put together on such short notice) the channel4
news crew is as funny as ever, and we can ask ourselves why some of
these outtakes didn't make the first cut. For example the scene where
the crew is stuck on the mountain and almost resorts to cannibalism is
hilarious, and Brick remains the same street smart guy in a world he
never made. Although we miss guest star appearances from "frat pack"
members, Ron Burgundy is as proud, macho and funny as ever. At some
points though, the cuts seem really fake: they show scenes from the
first movie with added narration to cover the new subplot, which, by
the way is awesome because it gives up the "rip the lid" sequence,
which is probably the funniest in the movie.
This film is a must see for anyone who wet his pants watching "Anchorman".
Look, I loved the PROPER Anchorman film, but this was reaaaaallly bad.
The kind of bad that makes you wish you could get that time back in
your life, the kind of bad that makes you think "what on Earth were
they thinking to film this in the first place", the kind of bad that
makes you wish you'd taken 50 more minutes when stepping into the
kitchen to grab a snack during the film, the kind of bad that makes
leprosy look fun, the kind of bad that makes you think you wish you
rented a Pauly Shore film instead....seriously, I cannot explain how
very bad this was.
Having said that....there were some semi-amusing laughs, but they are all so much LESS funny than Anchorman. Sure, they tried to make it entertaining and fun, but the entire subplot that was left out of Anchorman that made it here was genuinely left out for a good reason...it wasn't even a little bit good.
Do yourself a favour (or in the USA, a favor), and don't watch this DVD...it will tarnish the good movie that Anchorman is and you don't want to do that.
Okay...I'm alright now.
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