Hi everybody, first things first. If you don’t have time to read this review I’ll make it easy on you, I laughed through the whole movie, this was no Soul Plane. (I walked out on that movie, it is what it is.)
Death at a Funeral is about, well, “a death at a funeral”. Duh!! No really, this cast takes the dysfunctional, idiosyncrasies of a family dealing with its patriarchâ€™s death and puts it all on front street. They even turn it up a couple notches. Honestly, every character in the movie can be found in your own family, if you look close enough, actually they are probably sitting next to you or calling you right now… (Do not answer that phone! LOL.)
I enjoyed the movie thoroughly even though I could almost smell what was gonna happen in the next scene. (That’s the genius in me , or the ADD, haven’t figured out which one yet.) Anyway, on a heartfelt note, it was good to see the all-star cast which includes: Danny Glover, Martin Lawrence, and Tracey “I talk slow because itâ€™s how I talk” Morgan, Chris Rock, Zoe Saldana, Columbus Short, Regina Hall, Loretta Divine and Luke Wilson on the screen TOGETHER. Everybody knows I’m a Kevin Hart fan to the end, well he “pops” up too as an undertaker. LOL. (Kevin, I forgive you for Soul Plane now. No really, I do.)
Rock actually plays the sensible one between him and Martin; go figure. Regina hall is his wife and does a great job of holding together the family and her urges (LOL.)
Casting is hard work but you know you’ve done a great job at it when there is a “breakout role”. The character you fall in love with but don’t know it until the movie is over. In Death at a Funeral the breakout star is without a doubt James Marsden (he played Cyclops in X-Men, played in Hairspray, the Notebook and more) I’ve dubbed him “high boy”. He plays his role so well, Iâ€™m almost sure Amy Winehouse took his ass to rehab right after filming. Interesting characters, relatable story and the gift of non-stop laughter makes this a must see and how could I forget, “shawty” Peter Dinklage himself appears in the film too and letâ€™s just say he plays creepy well! And for the intellects here are some actual lessons taught in the middle of the laughter:
1. Donâ€™t be poppinâ€™ no one elseâ€™s pills.
2. Families may fight and cuss but in the end it always, always should be about love.
3. Life is easier when you just accept people for who they are rather than who you want them to be.
Now go order your tickets early! This one will sell out fast. (Though I firmly believe the commercials are giving away too much of the movie.) *stomps feet*
Shout out to Lamont Johnson at NBC and Chris Collie at F1GMedia for letting me sneak in the Sony screening room! Now, shhhhh, enjoy the preview of the movie.