Jay Roach has had something of a dichotomous career as a filmmaker—early on, the director made a name for himself directing such comedies as the Austin Powers franchise, as well as the first two films in the Meet the Parents series, before course-correcting and becoming HBO’s main man when it comes to political films about presidential elections (2008’s Recount, this year’s Game Change). So, it makes a kind of sense that Roach would eventually combine his two styles, as The Campaign features Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis humorously battling it out over a North Carolina Congressional seat.
While the trailer does feature a handful of too-broad moments (hey, this is a movie by the guy who made Meet the Fockers and Goldmember, and starring the lead from Land of the Lost, remember?) including Will Ferrell taking a swing at Zach Galifianakis during a rally and accidentally punching a newborn in the face, and Galifianakis shooting Ferrell in the leg with an arrow, it also has moments of sharp comedy.
It will be interesting to see if Roach will be able to balance the two stylistic drives of his career into a tolerable whole, or if the film will just be an uneven mess. Check out the trailer and cast your vote:
The Campaign is set for an August 10 release.
What do you think of the trailer?