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'Death at a Funeral': It worked the first time

Chris Rock stars in the 2010 remake of 'Death at a Funeral'.
Chris Rock stars in the 2010 remake of 'Death at a Funeral'.
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     Recently trailers were released for a new comedy starring Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence, Death at a Funeral. It’s a movie about a family being brought together by the funeral of the main characters’ father and all the typical family issues that ensue; finding out personal secrets, new love interests trying to gain acceptance, and the accidental consumption of powerful hallucinogens. The kind of things most people have had at least some experience with if they have been attending family functions all their lives.
     Unfortunately, the movie isn’t exactly new it just has a new cast. That’s right; another movie has arrived to join the long and prestigious tradition of the remake. Though to be fair, despite the mediocre track record of the remake genre there are some cases in which it makes sense to at least try. Some older movies are built on great premises but corny dialogue or poor effects just don’t allow it to stand the test of time. However, in this case the studio chose to remake a movie that came out all the way back in 2007. What’s worse is that the original was not a movie that needed to be remade. It was an above average comedy and had a welcome blend of dry British wit and screwball comedy.
     Perhaps the greatest note of caution is the choice of directors for the new version. The original was directed by Frank Oz who has had a solid career dating all the way back to movies like the What About Bob? and The Dark Crystal. The new director, Neil LaBute, was the man behind the 2006 remake of The Wicker Man. If that doesn’t make you at least somewhat skeptical nothing will.
     It is more than likely that the new version will be enjoyable because, if the trailer is any indication, the plot is almost identical to the original. So, if you do come across the trailers for Death at a Funeral and it peaks your interest, save a few dollars and rent the original.


  • Bloke 5 years ago

    I will not see this new version because I have sensitive ears and will not be able to stand all yelling.