The Campaign tells the story of Congressman Cam Brady, a lecherous, womanising, hypocrite of a man. He has to the come to the end of his fourth term and is ready to run for his fifth as the only candidate. Until in the lead up to the campaign, he makes an epic drunken mistake that forces two powerful lobbyists to pull their support. Instead, the Motch brothers bring in a fresh candidate to take the seat and stabilize their control. Marty Huggins is their new man, son of a political powerhouse Raymond Huggins. Marty and Cam are polar opposites, but things get crazy as they push for power.
Now, I have to say that for a political satire this movie does not really give anything fresh. However, I can't help but feel that the writers could see into the future. The film was released when Obama was running for his second term. So the sheer absurdity of this film made it seem a simplistic comedy. But a quick look at who is being elected today makes this shockingly more relevant than it ever was.
The Campaign is the eighth film to come from Gary Sanchez Productions. Forged from the friendship between Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. Sanchez Productions has a long list of films like Anchorman 2 that star Ferrell. But are also co-written by Ferrell and McKay who also directs.
It's fair to say that generally, you know what you are going to get from these movies. Many of their films cast familiar faces. However, the casting in the Campaign looks to new and old faces that results in some unexpected performances. Will Ferrell is his usual outrageous self, leaping from one unbelievable gaff to the next. His character Cam Brady is so unbelievably offensive and he pulls it off brilliantly. Cast as the Motch brothers are John Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd. The naming is too close to the Koch brothers for it not to be based on them, but they are great. But it is the brilliant Zach Galifianakis playing Marty Huggins, who adds something completely different to the film in a way that only he can.
For me, this film does not quite reach the real laugh out loud moments of the Anchorman films. But there are some quality moments, Cam Brady accidentally punching a baby and a dog full-on in the face is up there. Being, bitten by multiple rattlesnakes in a bid to prove his devotion to Christianity is another.
The biggest reason to watch this film now on Netflix is that the Presidential campaign is just kicking off. On top of that, the UK now has Boris as the Prime Minister. If we go back to when this film was made, for some people it would have been absurd to think that either Trump or Boris would have made it to office. However, we now have both and one thing is for sure. Each of their Campaigns has been equally as outrageous as this movie. Strange how fiction sometimes becomes fact no matter how strange it may be. Or maybe the Koch Brothers took inspiration from their movie counterparts and made this happen?
All in all, as with all the McKay/Ferrell movies this is no Oscar candidate. But it is a whole heap of fun and as the US Presidential campaign starts to heat up, this is just the sort of film that certainly shines a multicoloured light on where politics has gone today.