Film Review: The Campaign

| 9 August , 2012 | Reply

Directed by: Jay Roach
Starring: Will Ferrell, Zac Galifianakis, Dylan McDermott and Josh Lawson
Sassi’s Star Rating: 4.5/5

With politicians and their agendas from around the globe appearing on our TV screens regularly, The Campaign offers viewers the opportunity to see an ‘off the wall’  highly irreverent and hysterical side to politics and the campaigning process.

Attending the preview screening where Will Ferrell himself walked the Red Carpet and being able to watch Will in action and see how he’s able to hold an audience captivated is just as good in person as it is on screen – especially in The Campaign.

Before the film started Rove’s offsider – Peter Hellier – talked with the star of the night about  his hopes for Olympic glory for pole vaulter Steve Hooker, his angst over the Kirsten Stewart/Robert Pattinson break-up… (tongue in cheek, of course!) and some insight into the making this film.

On film, Zac Galifianakis (The Hangover) as Marty Huggins matches Will’s wit and comedic talent as the egotistical Cam Brady. Cam makes a major public goof that forces a bunch of wealthy CEOs to put up a rival for his Congressional seat  in the form of  Marty Huggins, the director of the local Tourism Centre.

Oblivious to this, Marty happily agrees and enters the “lion’s den” of political campaigning. Marty’s rival – Cam Brady has previously run and won his seat for the last five years!

What follows is a rib ticking ride on the campaigning trail. The mud slinging, jibes, debates and one-up manship are priceless.

Keep an eye out for Australian Josh Lawson (Any Questions for Ben?) – read our interviews here and here –  as Marty’s brother and numerous cameos by a variety of US TV news anchors “reporting” on the questionable progress on the campaign highway.

I do hope there’s a sequel – if only to see Galifianakis & Ferrell duke it out again!

In cinemas now.


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