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Wednesday, 3 October 2012

The Campaign

Like nothing we haven't seen already, Will Ferrell plays a character that depends on comedy through the chemistry of his new on screen buddy Zach Galifianakis.

North Carolina is iconic for the origin and current congressman, Cam Brady (Farrell), who, despite rivalry through-out his career, the chances of Cam retaining position every year is pretty fat. While taking the personality of a modern day body of government, Farrell's character is a mocking portrayal of George Bush which he uses to air a lame comedic performance.

To lighten the mood is Marty Huggins (Galifianakis), a some what camp individual who is happy out walking his Chinese pugs and running his low budget tourism centre.

When two CEO's eye future profits, a devious plan is set on reforming the campaign by convincing Marty that he could out-way Cam's votes and become the next Congressman. As Naive as Marty is, he is easily convinced as he sets on proving his worth to his not-so proud father Brian Cox.

It is no ordinary campaign this time around for Cam as he is shocked to find Marty stepping up to the plate. Insulted by Marty's actions, a war of words turn into a war of media as Cam realises that Marty is not acting on his own. Mitch (Jason Sudeikis) is assigned to accompany Marty and to make sure he uses every trick in the book to out-wit Cam and win the pride of Carolina.

A simple slap-stick that offers nothing new in terms of originality and overall humour. Will Ferrell was anonymous as he remained on the outskirts while Zack Galifianakis tried savouring a dying film from start to finish. Ferrell's performances are quite boring this time around, offering a concept we have seen time and time again; Blades of Glory, Anchorman, Step Brothers, all rivalry concepts that were quite successful upon release. The Campaign had outweighed this concept, with unworthy results.

Zack Galifianakis is quite humorous as a quirky socialite with his presence adding a comedic ingredient to every scene. Although the chemistry between both looked well onscreen, it didn't play well as each scene they were tied up in was childishly played or just down right boring, with gags such as the baby punch desperate to win you over. You will find yourself laughing more at the stupidities of the film while you realise you are left abandoned from the iconic, witty dialogue that Ferrell and co once brought.

The Campaign comes with a complete lack of comedy freshness, with a partnership that was destined to happen since The Hangover. Sadly the performances didn't play to the hype. Zack Galifianakis will continue to move forward. I have doubts over Will Ferrell's next destination. Recent times have fed me that result.

Overall/rating; so mundane, offering the same old stuff! Although a cheap part-time gag is on the table, the performances and overall film results in 85 minutes worth forgetting!


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