Monday, May 13, 2013
The overall point being hammered again and again in The Campaign -- that money has perhaps terminally damaged politics in America -- is a pretty obvious one. But when the two candidates, played by Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell, really start hammering each other in campaign ads and through other means, the film manages to go only a bit beyond the level of believability.
The recent, baffling federal Conservative attack ads on new Liberal leader Justin Trudeau could almost be something out of this movie -- and Prime Minister Stephen Harper seems as blank and pitiless as Will Ferrell's congressman is at the beginning of the campaign. Ideology in politics is whatever raises money and thus gets you elected. Otherwise, it's irrelevant.
If the movie were quicker in getting up to full comedic speed, and more sure of the fact that its satire doesn't actually require us to like either of the candidates, much less both of them, by the end of the movie...well, Dr. Strangelove or even Wag the Dog this isn't. But it is pretty funny at points, and darn short. Lightly recommended.