Monday, October 1, 2012

Movie Monday: Death at a Funeral

This week's movie was actually my brother C's choice. He was over last night, and I couldn't decide between half a dozen movies, so I yelled out the names of them until he picked something. And I'm kinda glad he picked this one, because ZOMG HOW HAVE I NOT DONE THIS YET?!?!?!?!?

For clarification purposes, I'm talking about the 2007 UK movie, not the 2010 US remake, which I haven't seen and don't really plan on seeing, because WHY WOULD YOU REMAKE THIS PIECE OF CINEMATIC GOLD?!?!?!?! *sigh*

Reasons why Death at a Funeral is awesome:
1. Alan Tudyk as Simon. There are no words to describe how much I love Alan Tudyk. Between this, Firefly and A Knight's Tale? He's my favourite thing in all of them. And he's truly fantastic in this.
2. The scene where Simon knocks over the coffin and the body rolls out and lands at the widow's feet.
3. Peter Dinklage as Peter. I haven't seen Game of Thrones, and don't really intend to (I HATED the book with a fiery passion), so to me, Peter Dinklage will forever be cast in this role. And he's hilarious.
4. The scene where Howard has to take Uncle Alfie to the bathroom. If you've seen the movie, you know what I'm talking about...
5. Kris Marshall as Troy, a pharmacist in training with a nice side business in designer drugs. Kris Marshall is one of my favourite parts of Love Actually, and he's equally brilliant here.
6. The opening scene where the undertakers turn up with the wrong body.
7. Peter Vaughan as Uncle Alfie. Family gatherings would be FAR more entertaining if my family included a cantankerous old man in a wheelchair who liked to swear a lot.
8. It was directed by Frank Oz, who's better known as the voices of Cookie Monster, Miss Piggy, and YODA.
9. The scene where Simon is playing with the toilet paper.

10. Rupert Graves. You may know him better as Lestrade from Sherlock, or as the big game hunter, John Riddell in Dinosaurs on a Spaceship from the current season of Doctor Who. He's perfect here as the somewhat douchey best selling novelist brother who swans into his father's funeral from New York.
11. The opening credits, with the little coffin driving around the map and getting lost.
12. The scene where Daniel and Robert are stuffing Peter into their father's coffin.
13. Jane Asher as Sandra, the grieving widow.
14. The music was written by Murray Gold, who's probably best known for doing all music on the new series of Doctor Who.
15. The scene where realisation dawns on Daniel and he stares around his father's study in horror.
16. The scene where Simon is dribbling, then sucking it back up and cackling hysterically to himself. Gross, but hilarious.
17. Ewen Bremner as Justin. I know him as Spud from Trainspotting. He's great here as the guy who had a one night stand and is using her uncle's funeral as a chance to see the girl in question again.
18. The scene where Peter emerges from the coffin with some epic crazy eyes.
19. Simon's facial expressions. Alan Tudyk is a genius.
20. Pretty much everything that Sandra says to her daughter in law, Jane. OMG, BURN.
21. All the scenes featuring Simon on the roof. I will never not laugh until I cry over that.
22. Simon sticking his head in a hedge.
Plus, the following quotes:
- "Would you like a cup of tea, Sandra?" "Tea can do many things, Jane, but it can't bring back the dead."
- "I must be going mad... Why are my hands so BIG???"
- "Everything's so fucking green!!"
- "Well, this is a bit grim, isn't it?"
- "Who's this?" "Pardon me?" "That's not my father." "Oh shit, we've taken the wrong one!"
- "Simon! Come inside and we'll have a cup of tea." "NO!!"
- "Are you saying that Dad was a gay?!?!?"
- "Was there a dog in here just now?"
- "If he jumps, I'm fucked."
- [through a locked bathroom door] "Simon." "...Simon." "Simon!" "Simon." "Si!" "Mon."
- "Now, if there's anything I can do, Sandra..." "Don't put your hand there, dear, you'll leave smudge marks."
- "What did you just say?" "I SAID the Valium you gave to Simon wasn't actually Valium. It's an hallucinogenic concoction. You know, stuff like acid, mescaline, a little ketamine." "This isn't funny, Troy." "I'm not being funny. Look at him. He's off his tits!" "You absolute little twat! What the hell are you doing leaving this stuff around your flat?" "I didn't know someone was going to take it, did I? I mean who just goes into someone else's flat and takes random pills?" "They were in a Valium bottle!"
- "Go, go! Join the others!" [to the toilet paper]
- "What are you doing in my dad's coffin??"
- "I'm about to shit in my trousers."
- "Didn't notice him? He's four fucking feet tall!"
- "I tried writing once. Didn't work for me either."
- "She stole my parking space!"
- "It's so exciting! For a funeral, I mean..."
- "We're on our way to a funeral, you wanker! Don't you have any respect?"

So. Have you seen it? Do you love it? And have you seen the American remake? If so, do you know why it exists??? Because I have no clue...

K xx


  1. I absolutely love this movie! Seen it a couple of times and laughed till I cried. Especially the one with Simon on the roof. Too funny. Haven't seen the American one and don't plan to.

    1. Seriously - Simon is hands down my favourite thing about this movie. Alan Tudyk is so hilarious in that role.

  2. I've never seen this movie - but it looks awesome! I love pretty much all of these actors (as in... Alan Tudyk and Peter Dinklage. Which, you don't like Game of Thrones??? WHAT???) and the entire time I was reading this post I was like "WTF is this? This is all completely ridiculous." Which naturally means I would love this movie. I also am learning that we have similar tastes in movies. Which is awesome.

    1. I knooooow, I'm sorry!! I just couldn't get into the book. I read the whole thing, but I seriously hated every single character... Everyone keeps telling me to try the show instead, but I just have such terrible memories of the book..........


  3. At first I was gonna be all like, "Peter Dinklage is also totes Griphook/Filius Flitwick in Harry Potter aaaaaand Wicket in Return of the Jedi!!!!" (because one of my favorite things is to inform people what other roles actors in movies have did you know that Jodi Benson [aka the voice of Ariel] is ALSO the voice of Thumbelina? And the voice of King Triton in The Little Mermaid is the voice of the Fairy King in Thumbelina!? Yep. Anyway...)

    So yea. I was gonna do that. And then I realized that, in fact, Peter Dinklage is not Warwick Davies. It's kind of awful that I mix them up because really, their only similarity is the fact that they both have forms of dwarfism. ((facepalm))

  4. I haven't seen it (either version) but felt the need to share that Alan Tudyk is also my favorite thing in . . . well, I don't remember which one, but one of the Transformers movies.

    1. Alan Tudyk is my favourite thing in pretty much all the things, to be honest. I've yet to see him in something where he DOESN'T steal the show during every scene he's in.

  5. Saw this in the cinema and loved it. At the time I remember feeling like FINALLY there was a genuinely funny movie being released.

    1. YES. Same!! I still have no idea why the Americans would remake it using an almost identical script a mere three years later... *sigh*

  6. OMG I need to see this movie! This so seems like the type of movie at which I'd be pissing myself laughing for, oh I don't know, almost the whole thing?! No one does humour like the Brits.

    Also, what I ALSO need to do is to stop commenting about how I need to see a movie that you've recapped and I haven't seen. It's getting a bit old now, self. ;-)


    1. Hahaha, it just gives me the chance to make a list of movies that I'm going to force you to watch one of these days. MWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

      And it's incredibly hard not to piss yourself laughing watching this. Seriously.


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