Death at a Funeral

October 12th, 2007 by exolstice

death at a funeral

Frank Oz. The nerd in me knows him and enjoys him best as the voice and puppeteer for Yoda, Miss Piggy, Fozzy Bear, and various other Muppets. The film fan in me knows he’s also directed quite a few films ranging from The Dark Crystal (which has a sequel coming soon!) to The Score, with a number of memorable comedies in between like What About Bob? So what’s he been up to lately? Black British comedy, that’s what.

Now this is black humor in the morbid sense of the term, it’s not the UK equivalent of Soul Plane. Although that probably would make for an interesting watch. No, this film answers the eternal question: what would happen if you took a stuffy British funeral and threw in some powerful hallucinogenic drugs and a midget? Hilarity would ensue that’s what.

Really, the trailers for this movie made it look mind-numbingly boring, and it seems like it’s release date was pushed back (usually indicating a bad movie). I don’t understand why though, I had one hell of a good time watching this one. The humor is dark, as I mentioned before, but still jokey. What I mean is, although this film is rather morbid, you’ll never be confused at which parts you should be laughing at, unlike some other black comedies.

So should you see this movie? It depends. Although the cast is primarily British, don’t let that fool you into thinking you’ll be getting dry wit style of humor. I’d compare the humor more to something like The League of Gentlemen (albeit much less offensive). It’s a quirky diversion, and I recommend it.

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