Death at a Funeral (2007) [Movie Review]
How do you feel about farce? If you love farce, then maybe you’ll love Death at a Funeral (the British 2007 version, not the American 2010 version)… maybe. It’s not really fair for me to say I didn’t like this movie as I don’t really care for farce, but I have seen many different ones over the years, and even for a farce, Death at a Funeral is crappy.
Let me talk about farce for a quick minute – I think it’s warranted given the low score. You can always tell something is a farce when:
- there’s some kind of ridiculous misunderstanding
- people are running in and out of doors a lot
- there’s a lot of uninteresting physical comedy
This movie has all three in spades: the bottle of ecstasy that is mistaken for valium, the guy who mistakenly takes the valium and people misunderstand and think he’s an idiot, the guy who gives the other guy 5 pills thinking they’re valium (they went back to that well more often than was advisable), people running in and out of the office and the office bathroom (those doors were slamming a lot), the tussling in the office, the coffin getting knocked over… naked guy… blah.
I just didn’t care about any of these characters at all. They’re all, to borrow a phrase, just a bunch of wankers. I don’t care if the guy’s eulogy is any good, I don’t care if family secrets come out, and I don’t care if that guy is alive or dead. You can see what they’re trying to do, but it just doesn’t work.
The direction and photography are lovely, but I’m not thrilled with the casting. I have a fairly good knowledge of working British Actors, but no one I really like is in it. Well, Jane Asher is in it… who I know of from such things as… Beatles biographies. (She went out with Paul McCartney for five years during the 60s.) I know she’s been working steadily for most of her life, but if she’s really the best this ensemble comedy could do, I’m not impressed. (Dr. Girlfriend likes Matthew Macfadyen, but he doesn’t do anything for me. I didn’t even notice him in the 2010 edition of Robin Hood, and he played the Sheriff of Nottingham.)
If you’re looking for a good time, I can’t recommend Death at a Funeral. It just gives one the uncontrollable need to sigh in disappointment over and over again, but then, that’s just me, and I don’t like farce. I think that all the funeral costs that I have had to deal with has just made me incompatible with this movie. If you love every type of comedy there is, than this might be worth your time, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.