Hey there, movie fanatics, it’s me Slick Dungeon. I’m still working my way through my movie challenge and for this one it was to watch a movie that makes you laugh so hard you cry. After this one I only have four more to go for the year so I am getting there. I decided to watch Death at a Funeral from 2010 which is an American remake of the original Death at a Funeral from 2007.
Death at a Funeral starts with a somber look at a man in a casket who turns out to be the wrong body. From there, the farce continues and things become more and more outrageous. I don’t want to spoil too much here because it takes away from the comedy if I do but let’s just say things get absolutely ridiculous. And by the end if you haven’t laughed, there may be something wrong with you.
There are solid performances from Chris Rock, Marin Lawrence, Danny Glover, Kevin Hart, Zoe Saldana and a host of other recognizable names.
While it doesn’t necessarily make you laugh from start to finish, the funny parts are funny enough that yes, I did end up laughing so hard I cried. So fair warning, don’t choke on your popcorn with this one. If you haven’t seen it I definitely recommend it. If anyone has seen both the original and the 2010 version let me know which one you think is better. I would have watched the original first but it wasn’t on any of the streaming services I have and I didn’t want to pay for it when I could already see the remake.
Hello internet people, it’s me, Slick Dungeon. I’m back with another film review for you all. I’d been watching a lot of horror, which I love to watch by the way, but I was ready for a bit of a break and wanted to watch something with some humor in it. I went for The Lovebirds which is pretty much just the same plot as Date Night only instead of starring Tina Fey and Steve Carrell it stars Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani.
The movie centers around a couple who were in love once but feel like they have lost the magic. Jibran and Leilani used fell in love quickly but now they argue about everything including whether or not they would win The Amazing Race. They are due at a friend’s dinner party and even though they have an argument they decide to go. On the way they break up and Jibran, distractedly driving, plows into a man on a bicycle. The man is more or less okay and the couple are about to get on with their lives when a man gets into their car, tells them that he is a cop and pursues the man on the bicycle. At first this just seems like a bit of excitement until the man just kills the guy on the bicycle and then runs over him repeatedly. The rest of the movie is the couple ending up in fish out of water situations where they are mistaken for criminals, cultists or worse.
The plot pretty much plays out as you would expect and I won’t really go much into it here. It’s a comedy of errors with each situation leading to the next and becoming more and more ridiculous and hilarious. Along the way, the couple also, as you would expect, start to realize they still have feelings for one another. The romance isn’t anything you haven’t seen either.
Still, despite the fact that this is a movie with an old familiar plot and subplot, it manages to deliver well on the comedy and the performances are hugely entertaining. Nanjiani and Rae are very well paired, with his dry wit matching excellently with her exuberant personality.
Not every bit of comedy hits but when it does, it scores some big laughs. My two favorite scenes were when the couple are interrogated by the bad guys and are given the choice between bacon grease to the face and something behind a door. I won’t give away what it results in but it’s worth watching. The second is when the couple inevitably get taken in by the police. I can’t give any of that away but it had me laughing pretty hard.
The plot feels almost unnecessary at times because it’s extremely predictable and there are moments when I was wishing this was just a comedy riff off between the two stars. But the physical comedy is fun and there are enough jokes that if you are in the mood for a bit of romantic comedy, this is like comfort food. It’s good and it’s always there and you know what you are getting before you take the first bite. Predictability aside, it’s got some smart humor in it and it never gets so crazy that it’s completely goofy. It’s a fun ninety minutes when you need a little break from reality.