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No Tridents Yet, Footage at Eleven: "Anchorman 2"

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | September 16, 2013 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | September 16, 2013 |

Ron Burgundy holds a special place in my heart. He really shouldn’t be as entertaining as he is. “Anchorman” is not really on paper any more entertaining than any of Will Farrell’s proliferation of one-off movie characters over the last decade, but something about this particular character just sticks more than the others.

Here’s the latest teaser footage from the film, though full length trailers have been out for some time:

I really have no idea what he’s talking about, not until SlashFilm was kind enough to do my work for me and mention that:

“Unless you’re a British racing fan, chances are you might not know of the Goodwood Revival. Held each September, the event takes place at a circuit near Chichester that was originally operative from ‘48 to ‘66, and features races in which drivers compete against one another in cars from that time span. It’s old-timey stuff, but pretty nifty, especially if you’re into vintage cars.”

Now I still don’t know what he’s talking about, but at least I have context for it. There’s something to be said for the way Farrell nails through exaggeration everything that is bothersome about news anchors. To the point that whenever I see a newscast on a muted television, I automatically fill in my own dialogue in Ron Burgundy’s voice. The comedy might be good, but the lampooning of a dying industry is what really keeps it classy.

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