Death at a Funeral
Absolutely loved this movie. The humor, the characters, the situations, and the story.
Completely devoid of visual complexity Frank Oz takes you on an amazing adventure interwoven through the saddest event that we all must face...a funeral.

On the morning of their father's funeral, the family and friends of the deceased each arrive with his or her own lifeless anxieties. The son, Daniel, knows he will have to face his flirty, blow-hard, famous-novelist brother Robert, who's just flown in from New York--not to mention the promises of a new life he's made to his wife Jane. Meanwhile, Daniel's cousin Martha and her dependable new fiancÚ Simon are desperate to make a good impression on Martha's uptight father--a plan that literally goes ape poop when Simon accidentally ingests ecstasy en route to the service, leaving him prone to uncontrollable bouts of toilet paper delirium and nudity in front of his potential in-laws. Then comes the real doozy: a mysterious "little" guest who threatens to unveil an earth-shattering family secret. As comedic mayhem and unfortunate mishaps ensue on every front, it's now up to the two brothers to hide the truth from their family and friends, and figure out how to not only bury their dearly beloved, but also the secret he's been keeping.

Filmed entirely in one location, there's nothing fancy from the camera's end. Walking in and out of frame and with perfect depth of field precision Frank leans on the actors to carry you through the frames of the story.

The acting superb and the characters brilliant, they evolve from beginning to end in the life of a funeral. "This is kind of exciting...well for a funeral" is the direct quote that incapsualtes the entire movie perfectly.
Reviewed by: shea
1 Comment(s)
Andy said...
One of the truly funny movies I've seen in a while. Wouldn't mind seeing it again. Everyone should see this one. Tell your friends....