Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Starring: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steven Carell, David Koechner Director: Adam McKay The film: Will Ferrell cut his teeth on Saturday Night Live, giving us the ultimate take on former US president Bill Clinton and a litany of other oddballs. Fans had a long wait, but Ferrell slowly found his place in Hollywood after taking smaller roles and almost walking away with Zoolander (2001), Old School (2003) and Starsky & Hutch (2004). Anchorman is his first above-the-title role and he's now a key member of the 'Frat Pack' that includes Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and the Wilson brothers, Owen and Luke. Their comedy is, let's face it, silly in the extreme. And no one rejoices in it more than Ferrell. He takes characters and inhabits them before tearing them apart before our eyes. Ron Burgundy is a case in point. He's the quintessential 1970s news man - complete with outrageous tash and dodgy polyester suit. But in Ferrell's hands he also inhabits a world that could never have existed. And the film is all the funnier for it. Burgundy heads San Diego's top-rated news show, but soon finds his world invaded by the emergence of - shock horror - a female reporter (in the form of Christina Applegate's Veronica Corningstone). Many of the film's delights come in Burgundy's inability to accept the changes going on around him: the threat of a rival, and the spectre of love. And while Ferrell is the true star of the show, first-time director Adam McKay (once head writer on SNL) has surrounded him with a few surprises such as Paul Rudd (once seen starring opposite Maggie Q in Gen-Y Cops), and fellow nutters in the form of David Koechner (Late Night With Conan O'Brien) and Fred Willard (Best in Show). Applegate displays a welcome flare for the madness as well. None of it is believable, but it's not meant to be. What it is, though, is funny. Side-splittingly so. The extras: It's loaded. Commentary from cast and crew, outtakes that would be highlights of most other Hollywood comedies, bloopers, and interviews with Ferrell rolling along 'in character'. He also gets in on the act at the MTV Awards and tries out for a job at ESPN. The verdict: The man's a genius.