The Campaign - M Critique
Trust me: it’s funny, and although you’ve seen a lot of clips, they held even more back. With the 2012 Presidential election already wearing us down, this couldn’t come at a better time. Watch the candidates say absolutely nothing in their debates (“America, Jesus, Freedom”) — it’s uncannily realistic. Complete with billionaires manipulating candidates through Super-PACs.
Classic Adam McKay/Will Ferrell. Kudos to Director Jay Roach on the pacing — I never lost interest; and to Chris Henchy and Shawn Harwell, the screenwriters — perfectly done. Great ad campaign, too — I especially loved the opposing bus shelters.
As with Ted, I was a little nervous about this one. But my concerns were quickly quelched. I laughed out loud… a lot (to the annoyance of those around me. Get a life - it’s a f-ing comedy!). Like 40 Year Old Virgin or Talledega Nights, it’s a great mix of heart and comedy.
It’s so good to have Will Ferrell back and really funny. And Zach Galifanakis is the perfect foil. He pulls off an adorable sweet, slightly effeminate character on par with Jack Black’s Bernie (a compliment). And they are joined by heavyweights like John Lithgow & Dan Aykroyd in great roles as thinly veiled Koch Brothers - perfection.
More special treats in Dylan McDermott and Jason Sudeikis as dueling campaign managers. Dylan’s character is so far-fetched and silly, and McDermott gives it the perfect nefarious, deadpan performance. (Don’t miss the Dermot Mulroney reference!) And I sense a new breakout actress that we’ll see more of: Sarah Baker, previously unknown to me, but also in the upcoming NBC show Go On, is a funny, down-home everywoman as Zach’s wife. I must know what shade of perfectly pink lip gloss she was wearing, too… (not sure I actually want it - just want to know what it is. It would probably look stupid on my swarthy skin.)
(That’s right, T - A)