Recently on KARZ-TV’s morning show I reviewed “The Campaign” and “Beasts of the Southern Wild”.
“The Campaign” stars Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as two opposing Congressional candidates with very different styles.
Ferrell plays Congressman Cam Brady, a cross between George W. Bush and Senator John Edwards, running for reelection in North Carolina in a seemingly easy race. A scandal erupts around the Congressman and naive, but corporate-backed Galifianakis decides to oppose Ferrell two months before the election. Having never run for office, Galirianakis learns the hard way the sacrifice and often silly things one must do to win a Congressional race.
This film is part farce, part satire, and hits on themes that plague our political system: the corrupting influence of big money, style over substance, and trite soundbites.
However, the films falls apart in the third act; moreover, the films goes for broad laughs instead of insightful political comedy that other films such as “Wag the Dog” provided. There are some good laughs in this film, but on the whole I was a bit disappointed and had hoped for more from these two comedic actors.
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” tells the story of a six-year old girl living in abject poverty in the Louisiana Delta with her father, who is slowly dying and is not all together there mentally.
A hurricane sweeps away her impoverished community, known as The Bathtub, and she and her father struggle to survive.
Qevenzhane Wallis plays the six-year Hushpuppy and this first-time, and very young, actress carries the film through her performance and indomitable spirit. The rest of the cast is made-up of other first-time actors, but their performances are so realistic and raw they shine through, especially Hushpuppy’s father played by Dwight Howard who in real life is a pastry shop owner.
The films has many dreamlike sequences and narration that is reminiscent of “The Tree of Life,” but more engaging and easier to understand. This film was screened at the Little Rock Film Festival earlier this year and in my opinion was robbed of the major festival prize, which instead went to the bland “Pilgrim Song.”
I highly recommend “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”
Please catch my weekly movie reviews every Friday morning on KARZ-TV’s morning show.
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