“Tea can do many things Jane, but it can’t bring back the dead.”
Okay. I’m just going to put this right there on the table. I may ruffle a few feathers, but I believe it’s true. Death at a Funeral is one of the funniest movies of all time. Yes, I said it. This Brit comedy – we all know how much I love those – is one of the few that truly make me laugh out loud. I’ve seen the film countless times, and yet, after each additional viewing I find myself in rambunctious giggles as if it were the first.
This 2007 original production of Death at a Funeral is the definition of a must watch movie; a classic comedy, without being overly silly or ridiculous like so many comedic films seem to be today. Directed by Frank Oz, the film is downright hilarious, but also carries with it a sense of heart.
From the start of the film, you begin to understand that this is not your typical every day comedy. It’s unique; individual. It stands out amongst the crowd. With a plot unlike any other and the exemplary wit from its cast of characters, Death at a Funeral is a timeless farce that will, no doubt, cause you side-splitting laughter.
On the day of his father’s funeral, Daniel (Matthew Macfayden) immediately realizes that things are quickly falling apart, going from bad to worse. At first it’s just a few misguided mistakes – the funeral parlor bringing the wrong coffin and the usual family drama – but the trouble soon escalates, causing a long list of catastrophic events to spiral out of control . . . in a completely humorous way, of course.
It begins with Simon (Alan Tudyk) and his sporadic one-liners, who mistakenly takes a hallucinogenic. Howard (Andy Nyman), the hypochondriac who can’t seem to catch a break. Moving on to Peter (Peter Dinklage), who calmly threatens to blackmail Daniel. And Uncle Alfie, the Curmudgeon, set to make Howard’s life a living hell. No one is left unscathed after this funeral. There are barely any points of rest from one complication to the other. Something is always happening to these seemingly hopeless characters.
While the slapstick humor is not overly done, there is one gross-out moment that will make you cringe then dissolve into laughter. The music: mysterious in nature, though simplistic and effective, is complete with twists of amusement. Overall, it’s the films characters and comedic simplicity that will win you over. You will not feel intimidated by the distinguishable British quips, as the film’s comedic remarks are all around relatable. Or find overused and outdated wisecracks. The film is rare, and somewhat hard to describe. It’s not your ordinary comedy and that’s what makes it great.
This is one of my favorite films, one that makes me laugh every single time. I dare you not to love Death at a Funeral.
Movie Rating: A+
Have you seen Death at a Funeral? Will you? What did you think of the film? What was your favorite scene? Favorite line? What’s your favorite comedy? Tell me in the comments!