Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie Reviews
Constructed out of deleted scenes from Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Wake Up, Ron Burgundy is clearly a desperate attempt to capitalise on the success of the first film without actually standing alone as a film of its own. The problem is the fact that since the film is entirely constructed out of deleted scenes and random footage from the first Anchorman, it is of material that was considered not good enough to be broadcast on the cinematic screen. There is a reason that all of the material in Wake Up, Ron Burgundy was not included in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. It's because it is sub-par, and while it may be funny to watch the deleted scenes one after the other in moderation, seeing all of them forced together into a 93 minute film is not that good. It means that Wake Up, Ron Burgundy is only a sporadically funny film which feels like a poorly constructed series of sketches that have been loosely assembled in hopes of appealing to fans of the original film. While it may appeal to the most die hard, it simply is not consistently funny and is clearly a jumbled film.
The filmmakers seem to forget that there is a reason that all the material in Wake Up, Ron Burgundy was deleted from the first film, and its because the material is barely half as good as in the first film. And so what the actual point of the film ended up being was rather pointless. The only thing that was really any good in Wake Up, Ron Burgundy was the fact that Maya Rudolph's natural comedic charisma was entertaining, one aspect not seen in the original film. But the fact that Wake Up, Ron Burgundy sacrifices narrative coherence in favour of desperately attempting to grab the money from the pockets of fans makes it rather cringe worthy in parts. I mean its funny at times, but it is infinitely superior to the film that it was taken from. If anything, the best thing that Wake Up, Ron Burgundy does is make viewers think more highly of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and even its very artificial sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend continues.
For what it's worth, Wake Up, Ron Burgundy did have some funny moments, but the fact that it was desperately stretched to a period of 93 minutes of running time ensured that it overstayed its welcome fairly fast. I'm sure if you edited the film well enough it would be a funny series of deleted scenes, so if you knocked it down to about a third of the running time it would be probably worth the viewing. There is no guarantee of this, but it would be better than an overlong feature which is nothing more than a remake.
So Wake Up, Ron Burgundy has its moments, but as a whole it has too little to enjoy and feels unnecessary.