Campaign is a little off pitch
HERE’S the thing with The Campaign.
Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis are the best in the comedy business at making the wrong seem right.
But in going head- to- head in the same movie, these two wizards of the warped go mighty close to cancelling out each other’s magic talents.
Make no mistake, The Campaign still gets the job done on the strength of its bitsy broadsides at the surreal phoniness of American electioneering.
Just bear in mind that your enduring goodwill towards Ferrell and Galifianakis will often override an inkling that some sections of The Campaign are not quite up to scratch.
The main pitch of The Campaign is easy to connect with.
Ferrell plays Cam Brady, a long- term representative of his North Carolina district who has become used to getting elected unopposed.
Brady is a typical Ferrell man- child-monster: always up to no good, down with the ladies, and drop- dead oblivious to all responsibility of his post.
During the run for office depicted in the picture, Brady’s approval rating follows a rollercoaster trajectory as he becomes embroiled in a sex tape scandal, is bitten by a python, forgets most of the Lord’s Prayer and inadvertently punches an infant.
Galifianakis plays the opposing candidate Marty Huggins, a surprise roadblock to Brady’s regular route to Washington.
Huggins is a typical Galifianakis bearded weirdo, albeit more stridently effeminate than we have seen before. It is a one- note character that drifts in and out of tune with what the movie is supposed to be about.
With Huggins, a good- hearted dummy, forced to fight dirty to beat Brady, a badlybehaved dummy, The Campaign sometimes fancies its chances as a mawkish morality tale.
The chortles go on hold whenever this misguided inclination kicks in.
For a basic political comedy, The Campaign is funny.
We all know the corridors of power are paced by people wearing big fat clown shoes. So we are ready and primed to vote one for laughter from the get- go.
However, for a basic political comedy starring two of the most individual voices in movie humour today, The Campaign is not quite as funny as it could have been. No, make that should have been.
SHAKE ON IT: Zach Galifianakis ( left) as Marty Huggins and Will Ferrell as Cam Brady hit the campaign trail.