Directed by: Jay Roach
I have always liked the movies that Will Ferrell does, Anchorman is hilarious if not stupid and The Other Guys is by far his funniest work, so when the first trailer for The Campaign I was seriously excited. The final product is quite funny but not as funny as I was expecting, even with the presence of Zack Galifianakis. The movie never really found its flow, at 85 minutes the movie at times fells to long and somethings come off funnier than others. Will Ferrell’s performance is pretty much his impression of George Bush which at times is way too much for the movie and Zack Galifianakis’s comes off as if he is playing him like the character from Due Date, with the pugs and everything, and he doesn’t live up to his performance in either Hangover or Due Date. The highlight of the movie has to be Dylan McDermott which has to be the funniest I have seen him, since American Horror Story I’ve become to enjoy him as an actor. While the movie has it’s shortcomings it did manage to be more funny than some other Will Ferrell movie’s, he not only punches a baby in slow motion and everything he also punches Uggie the amazing dog from The Artist.
Two powerful CEOs pit a blundering congressman against an unlikely political newcomer in order to seize control of a crucial North Carolina district in this satirical political comedy starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. On the eve of an upcoming election, incumbent congressman Cam Brady (Ferrell) makes a misstep that threatens to end his career in politics. Recognizing the opportunity to gain influence in the aftermath of the public gaffe, a pair of scheming CEOs handpick credulous tourism-center director Marty Huggins (Galifianakis) as Brady’s political rival, quickly shaping him into a viable candidate with the help of a seasoned campaign manager. As Election Day draws near, Brady and Huggins cast ethics aside to engage in the brand of hysterical mud-slinging that’s sent contemporary politics straight down the toilet.
The one major downside to the movie has to be the ending, though out the movie the characters become increasing ruthless but in the end the characters suddenly change their views in the politics and turns into something that I think doesn’t work to well with the movie itself. The characters are paper thin and have no development all that much but the movie was entertaining and humorous but doesn’t match what comes from Will Ferrell usually.
6.5 out of 10
- Zach Gilfianakis, Will Ferrell’s Comedy “The Campaign” Is Goofy Good (guardianlv.com)
- Grizzly Review: The Campaign (grizzlybomb.com)
- The Votes are in: Campaign Misses the Mark (uloop.com)
- Will Ferrell wages a losing ‘Campaign’ (mcclatchydc.com)
- Will Ferrell wages a losing ‘Campaign’ (kansascity.com)
- ‘The Campaign’ is flimsy political satire (tbo.com)
- The Campaign: Zach Galifianakis vs. Will Ferrell (seattleweekly.com)
- Brian’s ‘The Campaign’ Review (screenphiles.com)
- Zach Galifianakis In “The Campaign” Make’s Politicians laugh at themselves (guardianlv.com)
- Will & Zach: On the ‘Campaign’ trail (miamiherald.com)