27/09/2012

The Campaign

Approximately 4 weeks ago I was in New York and found myself watching a bit of a Republican party conference in which a loudmouth man I've never heard of proceeded to scream a load of fist-pumping phrases to the delight of the packed, and probably gay-hating, crowd. Words like "America", "freedom" and "God" were continuously spewed with no actual point and created a wave of insane flag-waving despite the fact that he wasn't actually giving anyone a reason to vote for his chosen party. While I looked a bit confused and wondered exactly how many polyester gussets were being destroyed everytime he bellowed "THIS IS AMERICA!", it became clear that American politics is just as insane as Jon Stewart has led us to believe and we should feel slightly lucky that our politicians showcase their shitness on a much smaller scale. Which leads me to The Campaign...

Politics is an easy target at any given time and this was obviously produced to coincide with the Presidential election. While everyone involved clearly thinks this is a sharp and smart satire on American politics equal to the likes of The Onion and the aforementioned Daily Show, it's really just a crude and silly comedy with enough laughs to make up for the shamefully "let's all hug" ending. Democratic Congressman Cam Brady (Ferrell) is running unopposed for the fifth year running and freely enjoys the sexual encounters and lack of work that is afforded to him. However the corrupt Motch brothers (John Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd, looking old as hell) have other ideas and decide to throw their cash and power behind Marty Huggins (Galifianakis); a tourism director who's fat family are presented as the height of comedy.

While not exactly pushing any boundaries The Campaign plods along with enough gags and celebrity cameos to keep things going but as soon as the disappointing finale comes a close, it's hard to remember exactly what the point of this all was.