The Campaign: a true horror film


Hollywood’s take on the proceedings of an election may be a little too realistic. It isn’t the idea that complete airheads are running our country, but actually the greedy and brilliant men behind the curtain, that make the movie the most terrifying. To quote the movie, “don’t you know anything about American politics? If you have the money, you have the election.”

The evil Motch Brothers who first back Marty are eerily similar to the Koch brothers. Never heard of them before? That’s exactly what they would like to here. In 2010 they openly began to oppose Obama, claiming to do what they could to get him out of office because of his “socialistic” leanings, or more realistically because of regulations on their multi-million dollar oil company. These lobbyists hold libertarian beliefs, akin to the tea party, and similar to those of Paul Ryan. In my opinion, Ryan is a very strong politician, especially for being so young; he’s practically out-shined Romney in his speeches while holding strong right-wing beliefs, balancing out Romney’s tendency to flip-flop on major issues such as gay rights and abortion. Is it too far fetched to wonder if Koch brothers bought Ryan out like The Motch brothers essentially bought out Marty and his family? If the brothers could raise the “grassroots” of the tea party, could they raise a political party as well?

Although campy, awkward and outrageously funny, the campaign seems to have more political basis than what meets the eye, with underlying dark humor. But quite ironically, Will Ferell said of the movie to Fox news, “a lot of political, satirical movies in the past have been heavier on the message. This is, I think, fun and not so serious, but has a little point of view as well.” Hopefully, conspiracy aside, this movie is pure comedy. If it isn’t scary to think about a campaign run by greedy bureaucrats, at least in the movie, Marty and Cam expose the corrupt in the end. To quote the housekeeper- “greedy Motherf****rs.”

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