director: Neil LaBute
writers: Dean Craig
starring: Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence and Keith David
genre: Comedy | Remake
released: April 16, 2010 (U.S.)
based on the the film: "Death At A Funeral" (2007)
Funerals are not supposed to be funny but sometimes they happen to be. In 2007 "Death at a Funeral" was made in England and came out to cinemas with minimal success. An American remake was called in to be made and once again came out to minimal success and critical appraisal. My question is why? 'Death at a Funeral' is a very old fashioned comedy with lots of big name actors coming together and rolling with the punches. What could be wrong with that?
The story revolves around the funeral service of Aaron (Chris Rock) and Ryan's (Martin Lawrence) father. The service is taking place in their family home and everybody in the family is invited. The funeral doesn't go as planned as everybody is bringing their emotional baggage with them. But the funeral doesn't end to be a just a simple brotherly confrontation or a boyfriend, girlfriend dispute. Fatherly secrets, family crazies and much more come to be in a funeral that wont end that easily.
I've never seen the original 2007 film so I cant really compare the films sadly. Without comparing and focusing only on the 2010 film I can proudly say that the 2010 film is a laugh fest. The situations that occur are all funny and lead to interesting places for the family and friends in the film.
Additionally, the film has so many big names attached to it you wonder why it didn't get more publicity. People with dramatic backgrounds and others from comedic that they all do a marvelous job. Marsden in particular is a standout as the drugged out boyfriend, Danny Glover is hilarious as the crazy old geezer and what can not be said about Tracy Morgan who is a force of nature.
Comedy is tricky and many people sometimes take it in the wrong way. So if you don't have a problem with dead people humor, drug jokes and the occasional toilet mayhem then 'Death at the Funeral' is the perfect match for you. Check the trailer out as well and I believe you will be sold.