REVIEW: DEATH AT A FUNERAL
If youíve ever accidentally
tuned to PBS, you might have seen those strange shows were a
laugh track plays about ever ten seconds, but nothing funny
is happening on the screen. This Iím told is British comedy.
Iíve also been told that some people find this type of
comedy very funny. I have yet to meet said person, except
for a bitter old man from my younger years who was always
telling me to get the you know what out of his yard. This
old man loved his British comedy and Iíll bet he would have
loved ďDeath at a FuneralĒ too.
In ďDeath at a FuneralĒ, Daniel (Matthew Macfadyen) has
organized a small gathering of family and friends for his
fatherís funeral. Daniel and his wife Jane (Keeley Hawes)
are in the process of making a down payment on a flat.
However things start going down hill when his brother Robert
(Rupert Graves ) informs Daniel that he canít pay for his
half of the funeral. Things gets worst when an unexpected
guest Peter (Peter Dinklage) tries to blackmail Daniel. The
funeral itself turns into a circus with Danielís cousin
Martha (Daisy Donovan) boyfriend Simon Smith (Alan Tudyk)
who accidental ingested some LSD starts acting out. The
funnies two character in the movie are Uncle Alfie (Peter
Vaughan) a bitter wheelchair bound old man and Andy Nyman
the chubby family friend.
This movie wasnít as funny as it could have been and I think
a lot of this has to do with the writing, because we know
that Director Frank Oz is a genius. Writer Dean Craig gave
the movie too much of that British fair where too many of
the jokes seem forces and others at just too cheesy. Granted
there were some funny scenes with Andy Nyman who give a
marvelous performance and Peter Vaughan. The scenes with
Peter Dinklage were also pretty funny.
If youíre a fan of British comedy youíll probably find this
movie funny otherwise this is not a bad movie, but a lot of
the jokes will be lost on you.
1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
5.1 Dolby Digital Surround - Spanish Dolby Surround
Director Frank Oz
Commentary with Writer Dean Craig and Actors Alan Tudyk and
Reel - a 7-Ĺ minute gag reel
By Brad Peterson
RATING BREAK DOWN:
People Movie Review
Death at a Funeral
This movie was absolutely hilarious. It
is fast and witty, and perhaps that is
why the humor was not perceived. This
movie makes you feel guilt for laughing
at things you're not supposed to laugh
at. It is refreshing to see a comedy
that also has weight as opposed to the
slap stick-fall-on-your-face comedy we
are used to.I thoroughly enjoyed this
movie and though it to be a true comedy.
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