"Death at a Funeral" - American version
Last week I watched the movie "Death at a Funeral" with Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence. I had high expectations for this movie because Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence are two of my favorite comedians. It was one of the worse movies I've seen this year.
The problem wasn't with the stars. The problem was with the writing and direction. As is usually the case with American comedy movies, the writers feel that they have to telegraph the funny lines with a sledge hammer. They don't know the meaning of subtleness.
Watching this movie, I felt like I was watching a cartoon produced for a five year old. I was insulted. I was bored. I was angry that I wasted my time watching this dreck.
When I wrote the review on Netflix for the movie, I happened to read another review. That review advised to watch the original English version of this movie.
That's what I did last night. I watched "Death at a Funeral" that was made in 2007 in England with English actors. What a difference! Ironically many of the scenes were verbatim and much of the dialogue was the same. However, the lines were delivered with a subtle, dry humor that most American actors and American made movies are incapable of producing. I thoroughly enjoyed watching this English version of "Death at a Funeral" last night. I had a lot of LOL moments. Now that is what I call a funny movie.
"Death at a Funeral" - English version