Thursday, August 16, 2012

MOVIE REVIEW: The Campaign (2012)


When Adam Sandler decided to try some serious roles (the great Punch-Drunk Love, 2002, and the mediocre Spanglish, 2004) he seemed to have come out the other end minus whatever comedic likability he had going on perviously. Whether this had anything to do with his experience making those movies or was just a natural part of aging, I have no idea. I don't think he'll ever be a great actor in the way say Bill Murray is great, but I would rather see him try to make a dozen more Reign Over Me's and Funny People's before another Jack and Jill, for the good of our decaying general public and popular culture, at least.

Why do I bring this up? Maybe it's something like a fear of not being able to do comedy which keeps Will Ferrell from attempting the transition but jesus christ his Will-Ferrell-ness, while still largely effective in moments, has become overall very grating. (Note: I can't count Melinda and Melinda and Stranger Than Fiction as true departures; they were different roles for him, for sure, but they were still grounded in comedy--haven't seen Everything Must Go yet.)

Zach Galifianakis, on the other hand, is in the absolute prime of his comedic career. Here he is basically playing a perfected version of his Seth character and he doesn't miss a note. This, plus a strong supporting cast, ultimately drown out Ferrell's over-the-top annoying moments and a flimsy-ass plot. Not a classic. Barely a 7. But good for some mindless summer LOLs.

SCORE: 7/10



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