The “third generation” feels shaky in the time period Wolf covers, which is part of why it’s so fascinating. It’s easy to make a film about the hip-shaking, war-hating hippies and punks of the 1950’s onwards – the period 1904-45 is certainly not one remembered for the waves of youths. But with so many lost in war and hopeless rebellion, remembering this generation is clearly something important – the stories of the four narrators come together to portray the teenager as we know it about to be born.
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The film is undoubtedly funnier when rehashing old jokes, though the comic performances are once again spot on. Steve Carrell as Brick Tamland is absolutely brilliant – he’s given more screen time in this film, and never fails to incite laughter. Ferrell, too, is ludicrous and hilarious as Ron Burgundy: the man’s comic timing is impeccable, and even if the jokes aren’t fantastic, the performances of the main characters are.