Highbrow meets lowbrow: results in laughter (by StacyScrip)
I saw this at a screening and I had a rousing good time. It starts with a chuckle in the opening credits and slowly builds to spotty laughter, belly laughs, and loud groaning silliness. This is British farce with an expert ensemble cast. Everyone hits their marks and a couple go completely overboard and over-broad Mr. Vaughn, we're looking at you. Tudyk and Dinklage have the showiest parts and they feast on them. The rest of the cast is inspired and spot on.It's a delightful combination of highbrow meeting lowbrow and everything in between. A dash of wit and charm mixed in with a <more>
few genuine surprises. A few old tropes are trotted out but there is a bit of backspin on them. If you want a laugh, go!
Death at a Funeral: humor before the grave. (by mgoldhamer)
The laughs begin during the animated credits which prepares the film going public for the buffoonery to follow. Death at a Funeral DaaF is directed by Frank Oz. Because of the nature of this film I believe Mr. Oz is paying homage to the late, great, director, Robert Altman, particularly his film A Wedding. Both A Wedding and DaaF are both off beat, extremely, funny, and very non-typical of weddings and funerals, in which they both portray. In tribute to Mr. Altman, Mr. Oz also uses an ensemble cast of well known actors by face but not by name. The audience has seen their work and in this <more>
film they most definitely make you laugh. This is an adult comedy with an R rating for adult themes, nudity, recreational drug use, religious issues, postmortem issues, and the absurdity about death. Remember this is an adult comic opera taken to the extreme. At this funeral the mourners may come with their inhabitation's in check but due to the outlandish antics of many of the other grievous members assembled, all of the gathered, loose all claim to sanity. The audience becomes one with the collected zany members of this grieving group. Since the players on film have lost their inhabitation's so to does the audience. Remember this is an adult, knee slapping, laugh out loud farce. This film is outrageously funny, in an adult vein, not intended for children. If you go to a sporting event, after you have paid for your ticket and bought your seat, people around you cheer, yell, scream and sometimes even in funny costumes as well. A film house is the same communally shared type of experience and environment for entertainment but patrons of the silver screen tend to hold their laughter within, as of being afraid of upsetting the patron in the next seat. Is it not time to unshackle this age old concept and enjoy yourself along with others? I am certain that is the reason why Frank Oz made this film, so the audience could laugh and laugh at themselves. I personally want to thank you Mr. Oz for the laughter and the comedy of Death at a Funeral.
I watched this movie yesterday at a pre-screening in Berlin. Without knowing what to expect I went there with a friend. When we came out of the theater, we've had tears in our eyes - it was just too hilarious! I haven't laughed that much in a movie for quite a while. If you love black-humor, "Death at a funeral" is definitely a must-see movie! It's full of bizarre scenes partly earthy though, nevertheless funny , great cast especially Alan Tudyk, who's having quite a lot of laughs on his side and the script is so awesome! Dean Craig has done an excellent job by <more>
writing it, Frank Oz by directing one of the year's best comedy movies! You won't regret watching it!
I went to this screening expecting it to be a serious movie -- you don't expect to be laughing at a movie with both "Death" and "Funeral" in the title -- but this film was hilarious! It wasn't just me -- the theater was full of people screaming with laughter and clapping at various moments.Alan Tudyk is hilarious every moment he is on screen. Finally this underrated actor has gotten a good-sized part where he can show off his comedy skills.Most of the actors are British and I did not recognize them, but they were excellent.One I recognized was Jane Asher she was <more>
Paul McCartney's girlfriend in the 60s -- he shoulda married her -- she's still alive and she's not a gold-digger . She plays the very composed widow here. Oddly she has fewer creases on her face than her middle-aged sons. This film reminded me a bit of "Four Weddings and a Funeral", but even more of those British madcap black comedies of the 60s with Alec Guinness or Peter Sellers.
I found this to be the funniest movie that I've seen in ages. We saw it today July 12th in Herzliya, Israel at the local movie theater at the mall. There were only 8 people in the whole audience, and my husband and I filled the room with howls of laughter.The actors are fabulous, especially Alan Tudyk, Khris Marshall, Andy Nyman, Peter Dinklage, and Daisy Donovan. Actually, the whole ensemble was great.Especially Alan Tudyk keeps his frenetic performance absolutely hysterically funny, throughout most of the film! Free of Hollywood hype, this film was a pleasure.The wackiest Funeral <more>
It's been ages since I had such a good time enjoying a movie. While other movies about dysfunctional families are so dramatic and serious, Death at a Funeral makes things brighter and funnier even at a funeral. The characters are not complex, but various - an accidentally drugged men, a hurting widow, a famous writer and his brother who cannot escape the other one's glorious shade, a hypochondric young men, a sever father, a sour old men, a homosexual blackmailer... and much, much chaos. This antithesis between life, with its different forms of manifestation, and death makes Death at <more>
Very funny is a gently twisted British way (by ejev)
I wasn't quite sure what to expect out of this, even though I had enjoyed the trailer in the theater. There had been some comments about cruel humor, which I just didn't see. The story was well structured, with groundwork laid early on for very funny bits much later in the film that got us laughing hard without hitting us over the head with the joke. The moments of comic tension were good, without that excruciating sense that someone was going to be horribly embarrassed, or hurt, or whatever, that American films seem to have. The situation is very well known to everyone who's been <more>
to a family funeral, although in America we would have the service in a funeral home or church, and we've all had moments when we want to laugh at the wrong time, or notice something a little out of the ordinary in the service that seems to cry out for comment. My husband, 14 year old daughter and I enjoyed the film immensely, and we all gave it an 8 out of 10, with some good carryover lines to quote amongst ourselves. Go see it, enjoy, and leave the political correctness at home.
DAAF isn't exactly promising in its first 15-20 minutes, but one should be patient because this turned out to be one of rare recent comedies that were actually funny.There are quite a few laugh-out-loud moments, mostly to do with the blonde drugged guy, the midget, and the wheelchair-bound senior citizen.The scene in which the old guy takes a dump, then smears the hands and face of the man who aids him in the deed is simply wonderful. The same goes for many of the things related to the midget's blackmail of the dead man's family. The idea that their Dad cheated his wife with a <more>
dwarf is very good, refreshing. Even the unnecessary but obligatory soppy speech the eulogy at the end doesn't ruin the overall impression this comedy leaves.
Funerals, in general, can be perceived as too ghoulish for a movie. Enter Frank Oz, the genius behind some funny pictures: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, In & Out, and Little Shop of Horrors, just to mention a few of his successes. Working on the inspired screenplay by Dean Craig, the viewer is in for a delightful time at the movies.We are taken to a funeral being held at the home of moneyed gentry in England. The patriarch of the family having passed away, is brought home for a final tribute from his kin and close friends. The proceedings don't go too well, to put it mildly, when the <more>
undertakers deliver the wrong dead person, something that Daniel, a son, notices in horror. Once the proper body is brought back, can the funeral begin.Daniel, and his brother, the successful novelist, Robert, are at odds because they have different views about how to go on with the eulogy. Daniel wants to do it, but his more famous sibling was really the one everyone expects to hear. To make matters worse, the niece of the dead man, Martha, is bringing his dopey fiancé, Simon, with her. Simon, who is a bundle of nerves, is given a pill that she finds in her brother's home, thinking it is Valium, when in reality it is something similar to LSD! Things go wrong all over. There are confrontations, delays, and bickering among most of the family members. To complicate matters, a strange man of small stature is seen among the mourners. This man, it turns out, has known the dead man in more intimate circumstance to the horror of all that learn about it. Then there is also a patriarch figure of an older uncle who is wheel chair bound and can't contain his bowels at a crucial time."Death at a Funeral" is one of the funniest comedies that came from England in 2007. It has the right ingredients going for it. One of the best things is Matthew MacFadyen, who plays Daniel, the brother that wants to be at the center of the ceremony. This actor is terrific in anything we have seen him in. Rupert Graves takes a comedic turn as Robert, the man living in New York. Peter Dinklage puts in an appearance as the dead man's lover who wants to be taken care by the estate. Jane Asher shows up as the widow. Daisy Donovan is great as Martha and Alan Tudyk is her boyfriend on an acid trip.The film will delight audiences looking for comic relief watching how the rich deal with a funeral that goes wrong from the start.