- Actors: Matthew Macfadyen, Keeley Hawes, Andy Nyman, Ewen Bremner, Daisy Donovan
- Directors: Frank Oz
- Writers: Dean Craig
- Format: PAL
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
- DVD Release Date: 25 Feb. 2008
- Run Time: 87 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 207 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000ZN63SK
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,720 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Death At A Funeral follows the comic twists and turns as a family gather for the funeral of their father. Brothers Daniel (Matthew Macfadyen) and Robert (Rupert Graves) are at each others throats until a mysterious guest from their fathers past threatens to unveil an earth-shattering family secret. As the brothers struggle to hide the truth from their family and friends, riotous mayhem and a hilarious sequence of events ensue, resulting in what sets out to be a dignified private affair turning into the mother of all funerals that no guest will soon forget.
The latest comedy from director Frank Oz, Death at a Funeral unusually sets a funeral at the heart of a film thats trying to generate laughs. It does prove to be quite a hurdle, but its to the credit of those involved that the film proves to be a worthwhile and diverting way to spend an hour and a half.
Starring Rupert Graves, Matthew MacFadyen and Peter Egan among a talented ensemble cast, Death at a Funeral ticks most of the boxes youd expect of its concept, but does throw in a few twists of its own, too. There are family secrets, mix-ups, battling characters and the funeral itself to deal with, and Oz proves skilful at marrying the threads together.
Death at a Funeral manages to generate a good few laughs on the way to its fine ending, but it does have its problems. There are perhaps one too many contrivances to put up with, and the script doesnt really do the director and his cast too many favours. In spite of its slight running time, it also manages to feel a little too long.
But Death at a Funeral is still, despite these problems, a perfectly competent British comedy, and a useful way to fill a night in. Dont expect a masterpiece, and chances are youll have some fun with it. --Jon Foster
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Nevertheless he manages to piece together some completely unlikely and unfathomable events all converging on a funeral, which even though they may appear contrived at times, work well. This 'could not have gone more wrong if it tried' funeral will probably amuse most of its watchers (judging by the reviews there is a vocal opposition to that view, too) and the movie / farce works best if you do not enter with excessive expectations.
Having watched it twice, I have to admit that the first viewing was funnier and that it took its time to get going, when looked at it from the repeat viewing perspective. The acting is definitely good enough, though and there is a predictably happy ending (nothing you will need to digest for hours after watching).
If you are looking for a relaxed night in after a long week, this will most probably have you laughing, if however you are after something of the calibre and type of Festen: 10th Year Anniversary Edition [DVD] this is not the movie.
So watching the original was a curious lesson in screenwriting. The British version lacked rhythm, I didn't really root for the characters in the way I did for the Americans. A few performances grated. Daisy Donovan was excellent. The plotting was superb, but somehow the actors didn't engage me. It was the sort of material that needed a Leonard Rossiter to turn into real magic.
I'll certainly look out for this writer in the future.
A father dies and his beloved wife and sons and various extended family gather to mourn him. The humour starts to build on the journey to the funueral and just gets better and better. When a mysterious mourner appears and reveals something rather shocking a full-on riot of mirth ensues.
This has humour for all tastes, sarcasm, slap stick, toilet (literally) and plenty of belly laughs on the side. This is a not-to-be overlooked work of comedic genius. I can watch it again and again and again.
...but don't watch the American remake ...they ruined it!
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