The Campaign is an immensely satisfying political satire which may lack subtlety but rarely misses a beat, producing gag after gag after gag. Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis slip into their roles effortless producing a hugely entertaining, absurd, cutting parallel to America’s much celebrated democracy.
It takes place in the midst of a North Carolina congressional election, with incumbent Cam Brady (Ferrelll) unexpectedly challenged by everyman Marty Huggans (Galifianakis), or he would be an everyman if you look passed the fact he’s backed by his wealthy father. Galifianakis gives his trademark man-child performance and Ferrell stands opposite him as a goofball and both provide great energy and relentless humour. It is certainly more stupid rather than politically profound but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially when absurdity is all part of the political game. Unlike far too many comedies, it plays itself sensibly short at 85 minutes, keeping things largely tight and snappy. Even as someone not always enamored with the comedy of Will Ferrell, I’m pleased to say he’s made one of the very best comedies of the year with this effort.
Do note, if you do ever want to go into American politics, make sure you know the Lord’s prayer before you get challenged in a congressional debate. And for the love of God if you’re going to kiss a baby, do be careful. Or hilarious consequences will ensue, I promise.
Review by David Rank
The Campaign is out on 28th September in the UK. Certificate 15 (UK). Running time 85 mins.
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