Jason Sudeikis, left, and Will Ferrell in a scene from the movie The Campaign.
Jason Sudeikis, left, and Will Ferrell in a scene from the movie The Campaign. Warner Bros. Pictures

Movie review: The Campaign

FULL of absurd and ridiculous scenarios, the scariest thing about The Campaign is just how close to the truth of American Politics it really is.

Funny man Will Ferrell plays North Carolina congressman Cam Brady, a lazy, seedy and sleazy specimen who has been elected for years unopposed for years.

After a fall from grace involving a sex scandal, two political king-pins motivated by money and manipulation decide to create another candidate to run against him in order to achieve their diabolical money-making plan.

They find their man and potential puppet in the prissy, pug-loving, ponce Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis) and with a ruthless all American make-over, it is game on.

The film centres on the outlandishly stupid and unethical lengths the candidates will go to in order to win, each outdoing each other in the extreme stakes.

There are some fantastic moments and hilarious lines but unfortunately the writers haven't quite brought their A-game and a number of skits are missing the extra zings and political satire that could have been it great.

But in saying that the biggest laughs come from the crudest material and seeing just how far the writers are willing to go.

And in this area, they really don't hold back. It's crude, crass and at times cruel but boy is it funny.

Ferrell is a superb comic actor, embodying both the vile and the vulnerable but he isn't quite utilized at his best here.

A looser script with a little more area for improv might have seen Ferrell truly shine.

Galifianakis is true comedy gem, and yet again brings an emotional edge to another frustrating and infuriating but ultimately lovable character.

Given the outlandish nature of the film there really is no excuse for the limp ending culminating in a soft and sappy climax which just feels half-hearted and wrong given the hilarity and absurdity throughout the rest of the film.

The Campaign doesn't quite mine the comedic gold out of American politics but it still contains gems of hilarity.

 

The Campaign

  • Stars: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, John Lithgow
  • Director: Jay Roach
  • Rated: MA
  • Verdict: Three stars


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