Thursday, November 08, 2007

Death at a Funeral - Film

Rating : 3.5/5

Directed by Frank Oz (yes Yoda), this is a British black comedy. Daniel is setting up the house for the funeral of his father. Things get off on the wrong foot when the wrong person is brought in the coffin and the coffin bearers have to return the coffin and come back with the right one! As the other guests arrive including Daniel's brother Robert, the tensions between them all rise. Their cousin Martha is now engaged to Simon (Alan Tudyk from Firefly/Serenity and A Knights Tale), but is lacking approval from her father. Today is the day she has chosen to let him know they are getting married. On the way over they stop at her brother Troy's (Kris Marshall from My Family and Love Actually) house who is studying pharmacy. Martha gives Simon what she believes is a valium, but turns out to be a hallucinogenic concoction of acid and ketamine. Naturally it proves to be disasterous.

During the funeral Daniel is confused by the appearence of midget Peter who knew his father but no one has seen before. It turns out Peter is there to blackmail the brothers with incriminating photos. They try to dispose of him, but nothing quite runs to plan. The "vallium" go missing and Simon ends up naked threatening to jump off the roof.

I really enjoyed this film. I like British films and us brits do black comedies best. The relationships between the different characters was really well done, especially the one between Daniels wife and his mother and Daniel and his brother Robert. I love Alan Tudyk and Kris Marshall and they were both great as usual. Alan did a great job of someone off their face on illegal drugs!


Nymeth said...

This really sounds like something I'd enjoy. I'm going to have to look for it. said...

I had been deliberating about whether to go and see this but your review makes it sounds great so my decision is now made, thanks!