The Campaign stars Will Ferrel and Zach Galifianakis and is only 80 minutes long. Yet, it's a complete mess. This year, Hollywood has stepped up their game with comedies. 21 Jump Street was a great film and hilarious throughout, and Ted was a really dumb, but really fun film that's perfect for watching whilst having a beer with your mates. You'd think that comedy legends Ferrell and Galifianakis would have given us a film that's at least half as good as their usual work. Instead we get a movie that fails abysmally to find an audience.
A good premise for a comedy film is usually something funny. Waking up after a night of drinking and not knowing what happened, even a foul mouthed teddy bear. These things are as concepts are at least mildly humorous. What's funny about American Politics? Probably a lot, but there's no real material to use in a dumb comedy such as this. It probably plays better with an American audience though. If you want to watch a good satire about American politics, this is not the film to watch.
When I looked up the session times I was really delighted to find out it only had an 80 minute run time. Short and sweet, just the way I like my comedies. Though, about 40 minutes in I started to get really bored. The plot kicked into gear and the jokes stopped coming. I never thought I'd call an 80 minute film overly long, but The Campaign really is. Do not go see this movie in a cinema, hire it out on DVD if you must so you can stop watching it if you get bored. I'd never walk out of a cinema, but I wanted to.
All that being said though, The Campaign had me chuckling a few times. The comedy is very low brow, which I don't mind if it's done well. When you spend 80 minutes telling jokes, chances are a few are going to land. Most of the lasts were garnered from the first act of the movie though, and the comedy really feels like it dies down after that.
The worst thing of all though, is that I really like Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. Sure they can sometimes be hit and miss, but I've seen them both do some really intelligent comedy, be it low brow or high brow. It's disheartening to see them both sign onto something this awful.
If you're bored and looking for something to do, don't go to the cinemas and watch The Campaign. It's overly long, at only 80 minutes and is comprised of two great comedians being almost completely not funny and failing to satirize American politics intelligently.
By Brodie Marchant
StarringWill Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis
Length 85 minutes
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