Fresh and Consistently Funny
Will Ferrell films are usually pretty predictable, with Ferrell typically playing an exaggerated version of himself. The Campaign starts similarly, but Ferrell's buffoonish, womanizing congressman is somewhat removed from his usual oafish character - a sneakier and more satire-based comedic creation. The film really gets going with the introduction of Zach Galifianakis's Marty Huggins, a lovable simpleton that steals nearly every scene of the film. The plot is a lot more focused than the usual comedy, with a great deal of unexpected dramatic tension. The film's pleasant surprise is that it gets a fair amount of smart shots in at both sides of the political spectrum and manages to weave these sharper moments in among the raunchier, "dumber," shock moments. In all, it's a fairly consistently funny film with a surprisingly moving "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" type ending and plays to both Ferrell and Galifianakis's strengths of creating memorable, but opposing characters.