Sigh. There isn’t much to say about The Campaign. Yes, there are moments of humor, but for the most part it seemed like a lazy piece of filmmaking designed to pair Will Ferrell and Zack Galifianakis because somebody somewhere said “omg, wouldn’t that be like really funny?”
Ferrell plays his typical asshole role. It hasn’t been funny since Anchorman. And Galifianakis plays his “twin brother” alter-ego, Seth, for the entire movie; during a stand-up show or as a skit, Southerner Seth with his dog Funyons is actually pretty funny, but for two hours the joke wears thin real fast. The less said the better for Aykroyd and Lithgow’s awful unfunny part as Koch-like brothers who want to bring Chinese workers into America (they call it “in-sourcing”). And why is Brian Cox in every goddamn movie?
It could’ve illuminated the current political arena in all its ridiculousness, but instead The Campaign really only wanted to punch a baby.
Unlike the other Takers!, I have been somewhat pleased by recent performances from both Galifianakis and Ferrell. In particular, I thought Everything Must Go to be one of the most underrated films of the last couple years. It’s pretty damn good and I recommend watching it. Likewise, It’s Kind of a Funny Story with Galifianakis is also really good, if less so than Ferrell’s. Obviously, The Campaign is nothing like either of those films; instead, it is more in line with Anchorman and The Hangover-type films. The previews didn’t win me over, but I’m still hoping for skewed and hilarious window into what’s become of politics in America.