Thursday, August 9, 2012
The Campaign Review - 3½ Stars
Big money interests hire South Carolina oddball Zack Galifianakis to run against Will Ferrell in the Republican primary for congress. Ferrell’s character, a four term incumbent, at first feels like the character he played in “Anchorman” now in a second career. But soon Ferrell shows deep anger and the games begin. “The Campaign” takes negative advertising to new lows while spinning out a plot involving big money interests using their billions for their own purposes. The surprise of “The Campaign” comes in the sharpness of the comedy—consultants, debates, church appearances, even kissing babies turn into hilarious lampoons. I found “The Campaign” a great surprise, funny but funnier than expected with a message that wraps up pretty well. The result is timely, and a grand surprise. Does it deliver what it promises? Summer comedy with edge. Is it entertaining? Surprisingly sharp and funny. Is it worth the price of admission? A Must see.