The Campaign Reviewed

I’ve actually had a brush with politics. I was president of my Business School union when I was studying and we talked about issues relating to the betterment of student life and so on. It was all serious but during campaigning well, winner takes all! I printed posters, made promises and I hate to admit…..but I got a little crazy.

Perhaps it was just me, maybe I was too passionate, too vested. Turns out….maybe I’m made for politics after all.

The Plot

When long-term congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) commits a major public gaffe before an upcoming election, a pair of ultra-wealthy CEOs plot to put up a rival candidate and gain influence over their North Carolina district. Their man: naïve Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), director of the local Tourism Center.

At first, Marty appears to be the unlikeliest possible choice but, with the help of his new benefactors’ support, a cutthroat campaign manager and his family’s political connections, he soon becomes a contender who gives the charismatic Cam plenty to worry about. As Election Day closes in, the two are locked in a dead heat, with insults quickly escalating to injury until all they care about is burying each other, in this mud-slinging, back-stabbing, home-wrecking comedy.

The Verdict

Well I’m gonna try and write this without getting into trouble. I think the portrayal of politics is almost realistic! Oh my gosh yes I mean it! Haha it’s hilarious I tell you, the candidates take pot shots at each other, they trash talk, dig up trash on each other and dance around issues like they actually think they know what they are talking about but really they never answered the issue. Hmmm so it is quite a realistic portrayal isn’t it?

Ok to be honest I can’t even begin to understand how hard politics can be, all I know is what I read and watch on TV. But there’s a message in this movie that I appreciate, it always starts with a very noble cause and along the way it gets complicated. Whose at fault? The world really…..and the root of all evil – Money.

The jokes are slapstick but you will laugh because the actors are great. I really wasn’t sure how it would turn out but I must say I thoroughly enjoyed this film.

This movie combines political jabs with mainstream issues very well surprisingly and the duo of Ferrell and Galifinakis will certainly leave you wanting for more. I think this is probably the best thing that Will Ferrell has done in a while, not having to pull of his slapstick brand on his own but getting a fresh sense of comedic energy from Zack Galifinakis (I still don’t know how to pronounce his surname).

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

In short, the misfires in this movie don’t matter, the candidates are ridiculous and truth conquers politics! Come to think of it, you might ask yourself at the end – why can’t life be like in the movies?

By Elliott Danker

The Campaign opens in cinemas 30 Aug

Images courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures Singapore

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