» Reviews: The Campaign… or what I saw of it

Nathan Schwartz

|    Monday, August 20, 2012

  • Director: Jay Roach
  • Producer: Jay Roach, Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis
  • Writer: Chris Henchy, Shawn Harwell, Adam McKay, Chris Henchy, Shawn Harwell
  • Starring: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Katherine LaNasa, Dylan McDermott, John Lithgow
  • Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Running Time: 85 min
  • Rating: R
  • Genre: Comedy

In all my years of watching movies, I think I’ve only ever dozed off 6 times during a first viewing of a film. I usually maintain that sleeping during a film says a lot about the quality of a film. Though when I saw The Campaign, I was actually quite tired going into it, so I’m not sure what the cause was of the annoyingly persistent head bobbing.

For the first half an hour I was awake and eager. But though there were some strong jokes, others were ruined because they were in the trailer, Also, I noticed that the movie was trying to be a political satire. And yah, there were points where I did appreciate the political jabs, but that’s not why I went to see the movie. I wanted some Will Ferrell nonsense (which is some of my favorite nonsense). But this movie tried to be more political, and it ended up being subpar in both departments. Then I fell asleep, and only caught slivers of the rest of the film.

I won’t pass judgment until I actually fully watch it, but from what I saw, I’m not sure if it’s worth a second attempt. Thoughts?

 

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