Of all the films I saw over the holiday, Death at a Funeral was the biggest disappointment. Now that doesn’t mean it was the worst movie I watched—that award goes to Blood and Chocolate—but I think I had the highest expectations of this British comedy before I popped it in the DVD player. You win some, you lose some, I suppose. I remember watching the trailer for Death at a Funeral (the original U.K. Version) a while back and I thought it seemed witty. The cast was great and I just assumed it would be a madcap British comedy. It wasn’t.
Death at a Funeral is set at one man’s funeral. His family is a bit zany and there are often unresolved issues between many of the attendees. Things become even more off-the-wall when one family member’s boyfriend (Alan Tudyk) accidentally takes a hallucinogenic instead of a Valium; and the secret lover of the deceased shows up in an attempt to blackmail the family.
I really wanted to like this movie, but the writing just seemed to be off. While I am usually willing to accept a number of far-fetched plots, some of Death at a Funeral seems too contrived and written only with the joke in mind. Sure, there were a couple of funny moments, but there weren’t enough to really warrant me to recommend this film.
I will admit that the cast is very good. I think they do the best with the material they are given but, as with many ensemble pieces, some of the actors get lost in the rabble.
After watching Death at a Funeral, I immediately went to my queue and removed the U.S. version of the film (starring Chris Rock) as well. It’s been my experience that remakes are subpar compared to the original and since I wasn’t a fan of the first one, I thought it is best to cut my losses. Hey, it helps whittle down my queue, too, right?
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