I laughed and laughed at The Campaign this afternoon…which is really no surprise.
What made me laugh was.
I expected Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis to be funny. Their take on two candidates for a US Senate seat in North Carolina was over-the-top and out-of-control. No issue was off-limits. No person, place or thing (translation: animal) was safe if their misuse provided a potential positive bump in the polls.
But for me, the surprises kept this movie from being your standard comedy. Things the trailer didn’t reveal. Cameos it didn’t spoil (and I won’t either). The promos even used some alternative footage so that the real punch lines weren’t given away before you sat down in the theatre.
What a novel idea.
Probably my biggest ‘aha’ in The Campaign is how much I enjoyed the performance of Dylan McDermott as Galifianakis’ evil campaign manager. I don’t think of him as a comedic actor, but McDermott stole every frame he appeared in.
The ending was also unexpected. And I will surprise you now by not giving it away, except to say —
Watch the credits.