Such a pity that I haven’t seen Alan Tudyk in enough movies… He is a scene stealer, like his colleague from A Kight’s Tale, Paul Bettany. Speaking of Bettany, I’ve recently watched Mortdecai, and I liked it, the movie, the acting, everything. But on Mortdecai, details maybe in a future post. Death at a Funeral, is a British comedy released in 2007 and directed by Frank Oz. It was so hilarious, that the Americans wanted in, and made a remake only three years after. Unfortunately, it was not as good, and it’s not the first time when the Americans try to make something greater than the original and the result is pathetic. See Das Experiment!
There is some sort of connection between the two versions: Peter Dinklage, presently the most famous dwarf in the movies, acts in both.
The funny thing is that I found this picture above in an article praising the American remake, not the original. Death at a Funeral is one of the good British comedies, so it’s highly recommended. Matthew Macfadyen, usually a serious fellow (Pride and Prejudice), acted very seriously in this crowd. As I have already mentioned, the American Tudyk made almost all the gags, along his fellow American Dinklage, and the very own syrupy Love, Always, Kris Marshall.
The story is about a father’s funeral, where one of the brothers lived in the house with him and the mother, and the other one (Rupert Graves) was a successful writer in the United States of America. He makes for a perfectly British douchebag. The gags are rolling as in a sitcom, and that made it stuffed with humor. Nothing too cheap, I’ve been really impressed.
British director Frank Oz, The Blues Brothers‘ creator, was not that subtle like his co-national Terry Gilliam (whom I sometimes like a lot, and sometimes not at all), so he created a situational comedy exploiting every trick and every actor, even the dames. The main stars are the following: Matthew Macfadyen as Daniel, Keeley Hawes as Jane, his wife, Rupert Graves as Robert, the famous writer brother from new York, Daisy Donovan is their cousin Martha, Alan Tudyk is Simon, Martha’s fiancée, Ewen Bremner of the Trainspotting fame, as Justin, a guy who is infatuated with Martha, Kris Marshall as Troy, Martha’s cousin, and of course Peter Dinklage as guy named Peter, whom you’ll see what is all about if you’ll watch the movie. The others are not very important. Have a nice evening by watching this highly entertaining 90 minutes movie, written by Dean Craig.
I’m disappointed in the trailer, it is full of spoilers, unless my reviews. Maybe this was the reason I have never liked Roger Ebert: he let you to know what’s the movie about in the first two lines. Beside that, there were movies he didn’t get at all. It’s like Godfather for me. An absolute mess of a story, so illogical and with such a lack of credibility that it was a million times spoofed ever since.
Here’s one of my favorites, with John Belushi:
And below, another one:
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