Admission: I loved “Anchorman” the first time I watched it, and although “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” didn’t really live up to the hype, last month I decided I would continue my bookish humor streak with Ron Burgundy’s (Will Ferrell’s) “Let Me Off at the Top!: My Classy Life and Other Musings.” I wasn’t disappointed in the least! I found myself laughing and having to remind myself that it takes a goof to laugh this much at another goof (even a made-up movie character goof).
This can’t be a long review because the subject matter is so silly and preposterous and goofy that I really can’t summon the courage to write a serious review of the book. I will say that it has me looking forward to another book by Mr. Burgundy (Ferrell, whom I have grown to actually enjoy), although the book was published to promote last year’s sequel. (Let’s get a petition going to have Ferrell keep this character alive a little longer! JK)
In his very own words Burgundy reveals his most private thoughts, his triumphs and his disappointments. His life reads like an adventure story complete with knock down fights, beautiful women and double-fisted excitement on every page. He has hunted jackalopes with Bobby Kennedy and Peter Lawford, had more than his share of his amorous exploits, and formed the greatest on-air team in the history of televised news. Along the way, he hobnobbed with people you wish you knew and some you honestly wish you didn’t — celebrities, presidents, presidents’ wives, celebrities’ wives, dogs, and, of course Veronica Corningstone, the love of his life. Walter Cronkite, Barbra Streisand, Katie Couric, the list goes on. Who didn’t Mr. Burgundy, or “Ron” as he is known to his friends, rub elbows with in the course of his colorful and often criminal life? This may well be the most thrilling book ever written, by a man of great physical, moral and spiritual strength and not surprisingly a great literary talent as well. This book deserves a real shot at a Pulitzer Prize. In fact if it doesn’t win one then we will finally have proof that the Pulitzer is rigged. Ron Burgundy has taken the time to write a book. We owe it to him, as honest Americans, to read it.
Guess I’m an honest American to the core. Read it, you’ll laugh.
Four stars out of five for not being mind-blowing in any way, just silly as hell. One star is reserved for Mr. Burgundy’s hair.