Death at a Funeral
Very seldom are remakes as good as the original, but the film Death at a Funeral, the British comedy of the same name is one of the few exceptions. When Aaron (Chris Rock) makes the funeral arrangements for his deceased father to be held at the family estate, anything that can possibly go wrong – does. First, Aaron’s younger brother Ryan (Martin Lawrence) a successful writer who comes from out of town, receives tons of attention, but doesn’t help Aaron with any of the funeral expenses. Meanwhile, one of the guests named Oscar (James Marsden) is accidentally given an hallucinogenic instead of Valium by his girlfriend Elaine (Zoe Saldana) begins seeing things that aren’t there, and before the end of the funeral he is naked on the roof of the house. (I couldn’t see but I hope it wasn’t cold!) During the funeral, one of the family friends is a nice guy named Norman (Tracy Morgan) who helps the family’s wheelchair bound Uncle Russell (Danny Glover) into the restroom and onto the toilet where an explosion takes place. (No it’s not with gunpowder but it probably would have been cleaner.) Since this isn’t enough, a man with small stature (Just trying to be politically correct.) named Frank (Peter Dinklage) crashes the funeral and shows Aaron some gay snapshots of himself and Aaron’s father together, then demands 30 thousand dollars not to destroy the photos. So many scenes in this film are just so obvious, the jokes are crude and overall, it’s just tasteless. So why did I like it so much? Besides my lack of character, the all-star cast shows us why they are the lead actors in their own films and make almost every scene count. Speaking of great actors, the only person in this remake who also starred in the original is the dwarf Peter Dinklage. (I’m tired of being politically correct.) If you like oddball characters, screwball comedies and a script that has a little of everything in it without being confusing this may be for you. Even though this film has plenty of flaws it’s just too funny not to give it anything lower then a B- rating.
This movie has been given a R rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.