The Campaign movie review

By Max Maier | Aug 20, 2012

This is a comedy starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis that insults the political field and big business. If that sentence made you turn your head in disgust, then nothing I say will change your mind. However, if you are a fan of these actors, especially ferrell, then The Campaign is a pretty entertaining movie.

The Campaign focuses on current (fictitious) Congressman of the 14th district of North Carolina, Cam Brady, played by Ferrell. Basically, an idiot and a crude, crazy and unloyal politician. When a big business run by the Motch brothers wants to bring over chinese workers to America to increase profit, they need a congressman who will play ball or be too stupid to resist manipulation. Enter Marty Huggins, played by Galifianakis. Huggins is very innocent and almost kid-like when it comes to his personality. His father is a racist politician, who with the Motch brothers, convince Marty to run against Brady.

As expected, Ferrell and Galifianakis deliver performances that don't break alot of new ground. Brady is loud, obnoxious and very random like most of Ferrell's characters. Brady allowed Ferrell to add in his experience making of fun of George W. Bush's personality, minus the voice. If you saw Step Brothers, Brady's personality isn't very shocking. Brady though, exemplifies the corrupt politicians in media. Through Brady, alot if said about all the horrible things congressmen have done through the years like adultery and etc. Never before has a Ferrell character made such a statement, in my opinion.

Now Huggins, is a different story. He starts off as an innocent man, then is transformed by politics. His transformation through the whole movie is very interesting, because I think he represents what we want our current politicians to do. Without giving anything away, I think what Huggins does in the movie's last act represents what we want all of our politicians to do. Galifianakis, like Ferrell, is the same old same old but with less impact. Galifianakis is famous for his style of character, like in the Hangover. So darn weird you love the guy to the point of adorableness. His innocence and oddities drew him attention, and he has done this same routine in almost every big role he has. The Campaign is no exception, however, he is MUCH less crude and offensive in this movie, they made him more innocent. Ferrell and Galifianakis are both good actors don't get me wrong, I just wish they would both break a little more ground with their roles.

Now, the story is very easy and simple, I've pretty much explained it already. There are a few pleasant, low-grade twists, but nothing mind-blowing. The Motch brothers, played by Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow, are very basic characters, only present to deliver jibes and insults to real-life big businesses. Nothing more, nothing less. The rest of the supporting cast is also basic, nothing out of the ordinary except for Brady's campaign manager played by Jason Sudeikis, who i personally think should have had a bigger role in this movie, but he is a very good actor and played his role well. The worst case of this are the wives of Brady and Huggins. They are the most predictable ones. Huggin's wife is the typical too-sweet, innocent, not happy wife that gives huggins trouble. The WORST case is Brady's wife. She is literally the same charatcer type as Ferrell's character's wife from Talladega Nights, except she isn't funny. She was stereotypical, unlikable and recycled material.

Now, the humor, the fuel of a comedy. How was it? Hit and miss. If you don't think Ferrell or Galifianakis or the roles they have played are funny, then you will not like this movie. As I said, they are sticking to what they do best, and it pays off for fans of their work. Ferrell's sporatic improv comedy is hilarious, and I don't know for sure if Galifianakis does the same, but he is very funny in my opinion. The most shocking part of the movie is the part we have seen a tease of in the commercial, Ferrell punching a baby square in the face. It actually happened, and it was in shocking detail. I was more shocked than amused, it's one of the those laughs that we shouldn't find funny, but the pure shock of it catches us off guard. The humor does sort of wade off in the 2nd half of the movie, but it's never truly unfunny.

So, if you like Ferrell and Galifianakis, this is the movie for you. Personally, this is one of my favorite "Ferrell" movies. I really like this movie, despite it's glaring supporting cast flaws. I recommend this movie to any moviegoer who enjoys these comedians, or basically to anybody who isn't apposed to this style of humor.

I give The Campaign a 3.5 out of 5