Ron Burgundy, celebrated news anchor from the hit movie Anchorman and upcoming (and long awaited) sequel, tells all in his new book. Recounting stories from his childhood to where he is today, married to the love of his life and fellow co-anchor Veronica Corningstone.
Played by Will Ferrell, Ron Burgundy became a household name with the movie’s release in 2004. This “memoir”, aptly timed for a release right around the time of the sequel’s release, is an interesting take on the books you would find in the Humour section. Let Me Off at the Top! is very much in the voice of Ron Burgundy – which both works for it and against it. I loved Anchorman but often find that Ferrell’s over-the-top humour can be a bit much to take. The book is not a long read at 223 pages but I found myself having to set it down and come back to it later. I had to be in the mood for the bizarre, sometimes (often) offensive tangents that go along with the character and felt that at times it was just too much.
I did find moments of it laugh-out-loud funny and I do think fans of the character and the movie will find this book entertaining. Given Ron Burgundy’s egotistical & misogynistic personality, add to that the decades that the movies take place in, it would almost give him a pass for his ignorant comments about women, and people laugh when he does it in the movies but it seemed a bit excessive to me in this book. For me, his outlandish comments are not as funny on paper. Which is a shame because I really enjoyed the movie but it’s different when you’ve got a supporting cast of characters to balance and enhance the antics of the protagonist. The book was a bit harder to digest knowing that it’s a ghost writer (is it actually Will?) writing a memoir about a fictional character and because of said character’s propensity to exaggerate the truth, the “life stories” are so much more ridiculous. I’ve read books written by/about fictional people before but they were more varied. This is just a lot of the same weird bizarre tangents that Ron Burgundy is known for in the movie – and then some.
For those who love Anchorman and don’t mind Will Ferrell’s 24/7 over-the-top personas, this will be a perfect book for you. I might even surmise that more men than women will enjoy this book, but it is definitely not for children due to some of the subject matter.