Death At A Funeral Reviews

Gene Shalit enjoys Death at a Funeral

Gene Shalit of the Today Show enjoyed Death at a Funeral. You can watch his review on the Today Show website. Scroll down the page and look to the right hand side.

More Death at a Funeral Reviews

Thanks to ligeia28 for these two!  Some more comments about Matthew Macfadyen in Death at a Funeral.

New York Times:

Heart is represented by the movie’s hero, Daniel (Matthew Macfadyen of “Pride and Prejudice”), a super-responsible sad sack who arranged his father’s funeral.

USA Today:

The film opens with a distraught and distracted Daniel (Matthew Macfadyen, who played Mr. Darcy in 2005's Pride & Prejudice) overseeing the funeral service. His deadpan delivery and low-key reactions are perfect in the role of the dedicated, responsible son.

Some Death at a Funeral Reviews

There have been a lot of reviews of Death at a Funeral. Here are a few which comment on Matthew Macfadyen's performance:

The mostly Brit ensemble is a delight, notably Macfadyen, whose likeable, long-suffering everyman provides a solid center for the swirling s--t storm
Boston Herald
The cast is first-rate, especially Tudyk, Donovan and Andy Nyman as a hypochondriac who gets something awful in his mouth.
Chicago Tribune
Boasting a tightly knit ensemble, unlike the erratic casts in such earlier Oz efforts as "The Stepford Wives" and the uneven "In & Out," the movie's standouts include Tudyk, Andy Nyman as a weasel-like hypochondriac and Macfadyen, the comic embodiment of glum.
AZ Central
Of particular note is Matthew MacFadyen as the nominal lead, eldest brother Daniel, whose long-suffering normality in a storm of dysfunction makes him the perfect straight man. Another favorite is Andy Nyman as the schlubby hypochondriac Howard. One of several not-quite-lovable losers, his humiliations push the lowbrow comedy to new heights.
Fort Worth Star Telegram
The cast, too, has plenty of gifted actors, especially Rupert Graves and Matthew Macfadyen (Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, only here a tad pudgier) as the two main figures, feuding brothers who are incapable of setting their differences.

Death At A Funeral: Hollywood News review July 2007

Death at a Funeral (2007) from Hollywood News by Victoral Alexander 12 July 2007

Starts off as a sedate British comedy, until the drugs kick in.

Stars: Matthew Macfadyen, Rupert Graves, Andy Nyman, Daisy Donovan, Peter Egan, Ewan Bremner.
Directed by Frank Oz
Grade: B

Reviewed by Victoria Alexander on Tue Jul 8th, 2007

At first, "Death" appears to be a sedate British comedy. Children and friends have gathered at a gorgeous manor house for the wake. In charge of the affair is Daniel (Matthew Macfadyen), son of the deceased. He wants to be an author like his famous brother Robert (Rupert Graves), but still lives with his now widowed mother in the family home with his wife, Jane (Keeley Hawes). She wants them to move to the city and buy a flat of their own. Sandra (Jane Asher), Daniel's mother, is hysterical with grief but delighted to see Robert, who has just flown in from New York City.

The mourners gather at the house. Cousin Martha (Daisy Donovan) brings her boyfriend, Simon (Alan Tudyk), who is disliked for no good reason by her father, Victor (Peter Egan). Martha and Simon have stopped by to pick up her brother Troy (Kris Marshall), who has just cooked up a fancy mix of LSD, Ketamine and DMT. Martha gives Simon one of the pills believing it is a valium.

Daniel's friends Howard (Andy Nyman) and Justin (Ewen Bremner) pick up cranky Uncle Alfie (Peter Vaughan). Martha once had a drunken fling with Justin and he thinks he is in love with her. Things go along as well as can be expected until a tiny man no one knows, Peter (Peter Dinklage), turns up.

As Simon starts hallucinating and causes a major disruption that temporarily halts the proceedings, Troy loses the bottle of pills.

Peter tells Daniel that he has some information and needs to see him in private. What he tells Daniel sets off a chain of events that are quite drastic and funny.

This comedy could only be set in Britain where decorum is the norm. Director Frank Oz stays out of the way allowing the British cast (except Alan Tudyk and Dinklage) to slowly develop their characters. In fact, this is the only Oz comedy I ever liked. The pace picks up once Dinklage arrives. I have a new appreciation of Dinklage. He walks off with the movie. I'm not going to reveal the twist that sends this comedy into slapstick or what happens when Uncle Alfie needs to use the "facilities" – I covered my eyes.

Supasal comments on Death at a Funeral at the Sydney Film Festival

Darcylicious forum member, Supasal, returned from the Sydney Film Festival, having just seen Death at a Funeral. Here's what she had to say:

Ok, I am back and I have seen it. Matthew on the big screen, up close and personal!! be still my beating heart!! I personally didn't notice if he looked a little cuddlier or not, he just looked gorgeous. LOTS of eyebrow sex and LOTS of eyelash fluttering.... and LOTS of gorgeous close ups of his face.

Some of the clips in the trailer are a little misleading, as they give the impression that things happen in a certain order, when they do not, but I digress.

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