Once you get over Zach Galifinakis’ shockingly beardless face in the first trailer for the political comedy The Campaign it quickly becomes clear his bumbling Marty Huggins is delivering more laughs than Will Ferrell’s confident Cam Brady.
From his sweaters that undermine his authority with every button to his frozen expression when faced with a camera it’s obvious Zach’s character will be the underdog in the race for office, but those faults are funnier than Will’s mega-watt smiles. And, as all the best comedy lies in the unexpected, Zach shooting a cross bow with a cool calm is the best moment of the entire trailer.
Zach might be outshining Will in the trailer because it seems like we’ve seen Will in this role before, specifically, his memorable impression of George W. Bush. Zach isn’t exactly breaking type by playing someone dimwitted (see his roles in The Hangover, Dinner for Schmucks, or Due Date) but at least the political angle is new for him.
The movie also boasts some hilarious minor players who could carry the film on their own. Jason Sedeikis as Cam’s political aide is doing what he does best, looking on at other people’s stupidity in amazement, and though they’re not seen in the trailer comedy veterans Dan Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd will also be featured.
The film looks like it has the potential to be one of the summer’s top comedies, but at the very least it will answer the age-old question: can a political career can ever recover after you’re seen punching a baby?