Official FilmCrave Staff Verdict: The Campaign Movie Review
By Chris Kavan - 08/12/12 at 12:02 PM CT
In what it hoped to be an ongoing new feature here at FilmCrave, myself, Nick and Alex, the three owners and operators of this site, will weigh in on the newest films in theaters and the hottest new DVD/Blu-Ray releases and let you know whether a movie is worth your time and money.
This week, for the inaugural debut, we have the Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis comedy The Campaign. So does Jay Roach direct a comedy that should get your vote or should it be impeached from memory?
The Official FilmCrave Rating: 3/4 Stars
Chris' Review: The Campaign
So, what did I think? I admit it's been awhile since I've seen a comedy in theaters. In fact, I think The Hangover Part II was the last one before The Campaign. For me, this has been the first Ferrell films I've enjoyed right off the bat. His previous efforts have either required repeat viewings (such as Anchorman) to appreciate, or simply don't work (Land of the Lost, anyone?). This comes out at a perfect time (presidential elections are heating up) and while the comedy can be termed a bit vulgar and juvenile, it works for me. I laughed plenty and while the the movie builds towards a predictable climax, the characters and one-liners more than make up for a somewhat lazy story. As long as you don't mind a bit of crude humor, this will make the grade.
Nick's Review: The Campaign
Ferrell's record has been very miss lately - in fact, I think Talladega Nights was probably the last time I really enjoyed him in a movie. Yet despite his recent track record, The Campaign proves he can still provide plenty of good comedy. He is a good fit with Galifianakis and there are plenty laughs to be found - and, for once, the commercials don't give away the best parts of the movie. If you're looking to laugh, and don't mind a whole lot of cussing and occasional nudity, this is a good choice.
Alex has not yet seen this, however, the official rating and comments can be changed and added should he get a chance to see this.
As it stands, both Nick and I agree this is a better Ferrell performance than we've seen in his last few movies, and even quite a few years. If you like Ferrell's and Galifianakis' brand of humor, this should be a film you don't want to miss. If you aren't enamored of those particular actors, this is still worth at least a rental once it comes out - if for not other reason than I think this is one film that will be packed with plenty of extra cut scenes and bloopers that could be just as funny as the movie itself.