Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Campaign

Story: Long-term Congressman Cam Brady wins every election unopposed by just signing his candidacy form until local tourism director Marty Huggins filed candidacy and rivals Brady for the next term.
Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

Review: Will Ferrell plays Cam Brady. As a comedian, he also started in cameo roles then he was given major roles starring with other actors before having his big break. In this movie, he is starring opposite Zach Galifianakis. Galifianakis also started with the Hangover gang before he starred opposite Robert Downey, Jr. in Due Date. I won't be surprise if one day he will starred in a movie were he is the only main character. Galifianakis may only need a boost to show his full potential for the next comedy. Ferrell and Galifianakis shares the same type of comedy that may not be hard for each of them to work together.

Besides the Galifianakis and Ferrell, Jason Sudeikis also shares the same type of comedy but as supporting character Mitch the campaign manager of Brady. Sudeikis doesn't show much comedy here unlike what he did in Horrible Bosses and Hall Pass. There's  another comedy couple that are supporting cast for the movie. Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow had been doing comedy back in the 80's and both are legends in their own kind of comedy. It was quite good that they pave their way from the spotlight in favor of Ferrell and Galifianakis. Lithgow and Aykroyd played the power brokers Motch brothers. Dylan McDermott stars as Tim Wattley, the campaign manager hired by the Motch brothers for Huggins. McDermott proves that acting as a scary guy can also be funny.

As the title suggests, the election campaign is the premise  of the story. Of all the events in history, politics are considered the most dirtiest battles a person can experience. The tactics are different.than in in wars. In any war, there's always a code of honor even among enemies but not in politics. This is true regardless of which nationality. In my whole, I witness five presidential elections in my own lifetime and four of it encountered controversies. But unlike in real life, elections don't happen like it did in The Campaign but comparing it to real life, elections can be comical. Comical like passing a bill to regulate a movie blog like this. The Campaign is now showing in Philippine cinemas and is released and distributed by Warner Bros.

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