The Campaign Reviews
Director Jay Roach, who has delivered blockbusters like Meet The Fockers and Austin Powers, isn't bringing us something original as one is able to deduce where The Campaign is heading. That said, with two stars at the top of their game, the jokes come fast and thick!
Audiences will forgive the predictability as they chuckle along wholeheartedly and walk away more than satisfied as Ferrell and Galifianakis deliver brilliantly. The Campaign is one to enjoy.
If you haven't seen this movie, watch it now.
Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) is an unopposed congressman for 4 consecutive terms who is sleazy, irresponsible and stubborn. The Motch brothers (John Lithgow & Dan Aykroyd) are billionaires who plan to sell of District 14 to China and are looking for a willing candidate to sign the paperwork. They zero-in on Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis) a simple, dimwitted tram tourist guide but comes from a political family. When Marty shows up to nominate himself to compete against Cam Brady, the politics turn ugly.
The movie is watchable only for Zach's trademark performance making all the silliness around him look practical. There are instances where the script tries to satire on current politics but soon resorts to physical and silly comedy. The climax is too predictable and sappy, they could have thought a lot better than this. The entire script becomes meaningless with one thought as to why Motch brothers didn't go Cam Brady in the first place. Farrell embraces his character as an over-the-top sleazy, foul mouthed politician but nothing worth a mention. The editing and finishing are slick, does get dragging occasionally and finally lacks enough firepower in writing department to make it a wholesome winner.
Superb lead performances held back by an underwhelming script