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A different take on a Viking funeral!
on 27 August 2011
"Eulogy" was not bad, with some excellent characterizations and clever humour. Whilst not hysterical, there are moments where you will find yourself laughing out load, and shaking your head in disbelief. Although there were times when I felt that the story was more about getting a laugh than it was about the characters, or the situation in which they found themselves. Families are indeed the substance of our being, and like it or not, they are part of our very identity either in a positive or negative way.
Everyone also has secrets, and whilst some of these may be large enough to bulldoze mountains, others are less intrusive in the lives of others. Unless you are the recently deceased family patriarch, who in his Last Will and Testament reveals all. That revelation has the effect of making the families separate truths obvious, and forcing his children to realise that much of what they believed about him, was in fact the furtherest from the truth.
The two twins in particular, whilst being the very spawn of Satan, were perhaps the best part of this movie. They were extremely good actors for their ages, and I found myself completely taken by their characters. Of course if they were my children, I would have retired from sanity long ago. They however, belong to someone else so I can laugh perversely at their expense.
My one real criticism of this movie however, is the special effects. They were low budget and poorly done. This is manifestly obvious in many of the scenes requiring such, and as a consequence detracted from the substance of the movie. It makes for a look and feel which removes the audience from the fantasy of the story, and pulls the audience into a unnecessary realisation that this is merely a movie.
One needs to escape every now and then, and whilst this is not the best comedy out there, for its price its well worth the time and effort.