CAST: Zach Galifianakis, Will Ferrell, Jason Sudeikis, Katherine LaNasa, Dylan McDermott, John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd, Brian Cox. SCREENPLAY: Chris Henchy, Shawn Harwell STORY: Adam McKay, Chris Henchy, Shawn Harwell MUSIC: Theodore Shapiro PRODUCER: Jay Roach, Adam mckay, Will Ferrell CINEMATOGRAPHY: Jim Denault EDITING: Craig Alpert Studio, Gary Sanchez Productions, Everyman Pictures DISTRIBUTOR Warner Bros. Pictures RUNNING TIME: 85 minutes LOCATION: United States LANGUAGE: English
CINEMA rating: V18
The Campaign is dyed-in-the-wool satire, mimicking real life’s electoral processes. Director Jay Roach does a snappy, never-a-ho-hum-moment critique of America’s political scenario, propped and spiced by the all-too-familiar fare: the image-bashing videos, mudslinging, cut-and-dried speeches, babies to hug and kiss, tyrannical campaign managers, power brokers, the pet dogs, the works. Roach so exaggerates the obvious that some viewers will probably cringe at the unexpectedly vulgar footages—but, just like in love and war, all is fair in the spoof kingdom, especially when the target of the darts is politicians. The sets, wardrobe, music, cinematography, and the minimal CGI (the punch landing on the baby’s face can’t be real!) all combine to create a movie that will leave the adult audience hooting and cackling the whole time. Special mention goes to the two leads, Galifianakis and Ferrell, doing parts quite a distance from their usual roles.
If there’s one worthwhile thing about spoofs, it’s their educational value. Like The Campaign, which is a sharp satire about elections in a country supposed to be a world power. Movies like this do not educate you outright, but they tease and tickle, prick and prod, until the responsive viewer takes a long hard look at the truths they veil in hyperbole and laughter. Beneath the comedy mask worn by The Campaign, is the face—the face covered with grime, blood and maggots—of politics. Coming out of the theater, a youth, not yet of voting age, asks his elder companion, “How can the world be a better place when those who want to have the power to change it play dirty themselves?” Well, my boy, that is politics.