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Friday, August 24, 2012

Movie Reviews: Total Recall & The Campaign

Recently, out of the blue, the hubs said he wanted more time to shine on my blog, so I told him that he could write my next movie review. So I've awarded him the task of writing not one, but two reviews here on the Muse. Let us know what you think in the comments!

This is the first time the hubs is guest posting on the Muse, so be gentle.
Hello fellow fans of the Muse. Today is my lucky day to become a guest blogger! You may have heard of me referred to as 'Hubs,' but today I gain my true identity as Ari, guest movie reviewer.
Total Recall (2012)
Total Recall was very much what you'd expect it to be from the commercials. It is a similar story to that of the 1990 original.

During a visit to Rekall, where you can imprint memories of anything you want into your mind, Colin Farrell's character becomes aware that he has been living a lie and is part of a conspiracy brewing between The Colony (aka: the slums) and The Federation (aka: urban posh). 

Total Recall provides excitement, great action scenes, and even pays homage to the first movie through what I will refer to as "the triplets". However, making a comparison to the original causes this version to fall short. For instance, it doesn't even take place on Mars. Farrell is a good actor, and so are Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel, but to make a great movie you must incorporate at least one memorable performance and it didn't really imprint that memory in my mind. But the movie is worth seeing if you are a fan of the original and don't mind a remake not living up to its predecessor (as they rarely do).
My rating: ♥♥
The Campaign
The Campaign is a comedic, political satire. It displays the evils of politics that occur when winning an election overrides a candidate's altruistic dreams.

Cam Brady, played by Will Ferrell, is the incumbent congressman running unopposed until he is challenged by the hilariously goofy Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis). When wealthy CEOs try to buy the campaign for their own corporate agenda, these two candidates find themselves sacrificing morality and family in the process. 

Among iron-jawed baby punching, awkward child confessions, and my personal favorite, the racially ambiguous Mrs. Yao, the movie offers a lot of laughs while also conveying a semi-serious message about corporations that finance elections. Overall, The Campaign was not the best movie either actor has made, but it lives up to its expectations and will entertain anyone who enjoys this kind of humor.
My rating:
Have you seen either of these movies?
Based on the reviews, which one would you rather see: The Campaign or Total Recall?


  1. great post, although am not really a fan of movies, i love watching british soaps a lot,like Eastenders, Coronation Street, Hollyoaks, Neighbours, Home and Away, Emmerdale am so addicted, but now seens am gonna have to switch. thnks for sharing, lurv it.

  2. Hello Ari! Kyle and I both want to see the campaign as we like comedies :)

  3. Great first post, Ari:) I did hear about the presence of the "triplets"....heehee...but the fact that the movie is not set in Mars really kills it for me:(
    TY for the reviews:) (Cheryl, he did well!:))

  4. These are actually really good reviews!! Cheryl, you should let Ari write more! He knows what he's doing. :)

    I have no desire to see Total Recall. I didn't see the first one, but I'm guessing that's probably the one to watch if I'm going to watch either, right?

    As for The Campaign, I'm glad to see that it's not bad. I'm taking my bf to see it this afternoon, actually, and I was worried it was going to be terrible. Lol.

    Anyway, I hope you two have a wonderful weekend!

  5. Great movie reviews Ari! I hadn't heard of "The Campaign" before, but it sounds pretty funny in typical Will Ferrel style!

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  6. Chuh...why is Ari so nuff? He just has to be involved in everything! J/k, Ari, you did a great job! I give your reviewing skills 5 stars.

    - Ladaun

  7. I have not yet seen these. Perhaps, I will one of these on the weekend, as I wasn't to certain about The Campaign, but I do love Will Ferrell. Happy weekend to you both! Thanks for the review Ari! Way to go to let "Hubs" write a review Cheryl. :)

  8. Good Job Ari! We want him to take this spot permanently now, Cheryl! ;)

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  9. Happy Weekend sweety! I actually had no idea what even the first Total Recall movie was about. I haven't been much for action type flicks. I would like to see Jessica and Kate on screen with Colin though. think I'd give The Campaign a bye instead.

  10. Yaaay Ari! I've seen previews for both and your reviews have been very helpful.

  11. i havent seen either one...but i would love to see the campaign. i like comedies :)
    happy wknd!

  12. i haven't seen either of these movies, but i think i'm gonna have to go for the campaign. ;)

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  13. Fab reviews, darling!
    MY BF is a politician so I feel an obligation to see The Campaign...


  14. You always write fantastic movie reviews, Cheryl! :)

  15. I've not seen either, and I am not sure why, but I have no desire to see the latest release...and now that I see 2 hearts...confirmed.

  16. Aww, so sweet that Hubs/Ari wanted to join in the blog fun!! He did a great job on the post! :) As for the movies, I didn't really have any desire to see Total Recall -- I never saw the first one, and I just didn't really care. But I do want to see The Campaign! It looks funny, and sounds like it lived up to the hype!

  17. Great reviews Ari / 'The Hubs' - both of these are on my list to watch, good to see the reviews!

  18. I pick Campaign any day! can't go wrong with Will F and Zack G.

  19. My friend said that The Campaign was the funniest Will Ferrell he's ever seen and convinced me to go. I think he set the bar a little high haha I thought it was funny... it's hard not to be funny with Ferrell and Galifianakis but I wasn't peeing my pants.

    Love Mrs Yao haha

  20. Great writing, Ari! From this review (and others), I'd rather laugh will Ferrell than play re-run with Farrell. OMG I just realized they have similar last names.


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