I Saw A Film Today… The Campaign.

Films like The Campaign are tricky things to accomplish, and rarely are. There is a lot of care that must be put into them. You may be thinking since it’s just a silly slapstick type of film, how hard could it be to pull off? But that’s the thing about slapstick, most anyone can do it but few can do it really good. That’s why I’m never very jazzed to hear that a new Will Farrell comedy is coming out because he can’t do slapstick well. His unique brand of humor isn’t always that humorous I’ve found. There’s a reason it’s unique. With exception to his performances in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Stranger Than Fiction, Respectfully. And no, I didn’t forget Ricky Bobby, as much as I wish I could forget that stupid film.

It’s nearing election time in North Carolina and horny Democrat Cam Brady (Farrell) is running unopposed for the fifth time until frumpy Republican Marty Huggins (Zach Gala…. Gali… seriously, I should know how to spell this by now. Galifianakis.) puts his name into the race at the recommendation of two of his father’s business friends who have a hidden agenda.

Now it time for some politicin’ in the south and the two men are more than willing to get down and dirty of the campaign trail. Huggins promises to “clean up the mess” while Brady simply promises “America, Freedom, and Jesus”. But the deeper the two get into the race, the more the two men lose sight of why their in politics. Not like that has ever happened, right?

The Campaign may not rank in the best of Will Farrell’s comedies, but it was quite a humorous film. Then again I am comparing to recent works in the ever descending genre, such as the laugh-less dribble of That’s My Boy,the mediocrity of Seth Macfarlane’s Ted, and the excruciating Ben Stiller/Vince Vaughn romp The Watch. To find laughs in something so much like Farrell’s other works is a rather sad indictment on the state of comedy.

There genuinely are laugh-out-loud moments in this film though, most of them from Galifianakis. Admittedly, there are a few moments of brilliance from Will Farrell, who’s Cam Brady is more like his impersonation of George Bush than a democratic candidate. The same can be said for the Huggins character. Interesting thing they did there.

As I’ve said Zach Galifianakis is quite brilliant in this film. His Huggins is a soft-spoken man, yet with a tormented childhood and family life is unafraid to take the gloves off and fight for what he believes in. Farrell is good as well. His talent in this film is taking a situation and not only making it worse but taking a few steps further than that. Dylan McDermott is also really humorous as Huggins’ campaign manager. As for the rest of the cast, which include such big names as Brian Cox, John Lithgow, and Dan Aykroyd, they are nothing but fillers.

The Campaign wasn’t a particularly special film, but with all the other offerings in the genre and the brilliance of the two leads makes it worth seeing.

Verdict: SEE IT!

*Rated R for crude sexual content, language, and brief nudity.

**A Special thank you to my friend Marla “Skittles” Joy for sharing this cinematic adventure with me.

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