Review of “Death at a Funeral” (2007) 90min
May 12th, 2008 by Maxim · No Comments · 4,292 Views
From the animation and the music theme of the opening credits sequence you know you are watching a witty comedy that won director Frank Oz (famous for directing movies like Little Shop of Horrors, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Stepford Wives and giving his voice to Yoda in Star Wars and other characters from Muppets to Monsters Inc.) the 2007 Audience Award.
The plot: The family and friends get together for a funeral. Things come up. Family turmoil overshadows the funeral.
The good: Is there a better place to sort out your life then at a funeral? This farce touches on issues of family relationship, sibling rivalry, life and death. Many known actors have been cast in this farce of a funeral, and everyone had given a great performance with a lot of chemistry between characters – clearly the actors had a lot of fun making this movie. Tudyk and Dinklage have the most presence on the screen. The ending is to die for (get it?). Uncle Alfie is funny and reminded me of Munsters.
p.s. It was pretty funny how people hook up at the funerals.
The bad: Lots of low-brow drug-related and toilette humor. There’s a lot of commotion, and yet the movie feels slow. Only moderately funny, but if you see it I guarantee at least a couple of hearty laughs.
The summary: a British version of American Wedding meets Six Feet Under. Or “Harold and Kumar go to a Funeral”. Funerals and hallucinogens don’t go together.
DVD special features:
- Commentary with director Frank Oz
- Commentary with writer Dean Craig and Actors Alan Tudyk and Andy Nyman
- Gag reel
Cast: Daniel – Matthew Macfadyen (Grindhouse, Pride & Prejudice) | Jane – Keeley Hawes | Howard – Andy Nyman | Justin – Ewen Bremner (Fool’s Gold, AVP, Around The World in 80 Days, The Rundown, Black Hawk Down, Perl Harbor, Snatch) | Martha – Daisy Donovan | Simon Smith – Alan Tudyk (3:10 to Yuma, Knocked Up, CSI, Ice Age 1&2, Serenity, I, Robot, A Knight’s Tale) | Sandra – Jane Asher | Troy – Kris Marshall (Love Actually) | Robert – Rupert Graves (V for Vendetta) | Uncle Alfie – Peter Vaughan | Reverend Davis – Thomas Wheatley | Victor – Peter Egan | Peter – Peter Dinklage
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