Political Punchline Points.
85 Mins. Starring: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Katherine LaNasa, Dylan McDermott, John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd, Brian Cox. Director: Jay Roach.
Forget Romney vs Obama for a moment...for 'The Campaign' is truly the funniest election battle of the year. For many terms now Will Ferrell has been the undisputed King of Comedy, from making 'Saturday Night' truly 'Live' to being the 'Anchorman' of classic comedies like 'Talladega Nights', 'Blades Of Glory', 'Semi-Pro', 'Step Brothers' and 'The Other Guys', but since one wild night, two 'Hangovers' and a 'Due Date' later Will has a one man wolf-pack to contend with in one of the funniest men around in Zach Galifianakis.
Now the two go head-to-head in a campaign battle for congress with hilarious consequences mixing everything from snake bites to baby punches in this dog fight of rivals. This film pulls it all in the name of getting your vote and laugh with a battalion of gags and talent. Now who will win? Cast your ballot for who is the best in this picture...
Vote for Will. Fresh off his impersonation trail of touring his George Bush stage show Will Ferrell is welcomed back to funny films with a familiar but fond, favorite performance as the perfectly named, too good to be true politician Cam Brady. Between all the shouting and pain induced rib-ticklers you remember just how funny he is. "America, Jesus and freedom"...you're welcome.
Vote for Zach. It may be Galifianakis that makes the last ditch, surprise run here. Trimming the trademark hair and shaving the legendary facial fuzz to a maestro mustache, Zach camps it up with a performance that is different then his usual style, making the Alan characterization forgotten (the only similarity to his beardy-weirdy is their love for gender-crossing accessories to keep all their things). With a sweet, charmingly shy character Marty Higgins will get your vote over his alpha-male opponent.
Still both candidates have plenty support in their respective blue and red corners. That's thanks to some hilarious support from guys like Brian Cox and Dylan McDermott, to go along with legends of laughs like John Lithgow and Dan Akroyd sitting in their chairs almost channeling those old, complaining Muppets from the balcony. It's all good though and someone to elect in the future is the rising talent of Jason Sudeikis, complete here with a campaign commentary worthy accent. The man who's stock rose last year with the two best comedies of last year ('Hall Pass' with Owen Wilson and the ensemble 'Horrible Bosses') will one day be the next top funny man of these United States.
Ferrell and Adam McKay have done it again. They may have a fuzzy bear and streets named '21 Jump' to contend with on this campaign trail for the president title of comedy of the year but as Ferrell and Galifianakis go neck-and-neck, commercial for commercial and cheap shot for cheap shot, with 'Iron Man', Tony Stark expo like expeditions to be the next Captain America the laughs rise like popularity lines. Armed with Jon Stewart satire but unfortunately no cameo (still, see their dual interview on 'The Daily Show' that really goes 'H.A.M.M.') this is one comedy that even the White House would find funny. After all in the middle of all the politics as usual it's nice to hear a little light relief that is really saying something. I'm Tim Harvey and I hilariously approve this movies message. TIM DAVID HARVEY.