18 August 2011

17 August - "Tea can do many things, Jane, but it can't bring back the dead"

Death at a Funeral (2007)

dir. Frank Oz (The Indian in the Cupboard, 1995)

Matthew Macfadyen (Grindhouse, 2007)
Andy Nyman (The Brothers Bloom, 2008)
Ewen Bremner (Black Hawk Down, 2001)
Alan Tudyk (Knight's Tale, 2001)
Kris Marshall (Love Actually, 2003)
Rubert Graves (V for Vendetta, 2006)
Peter Dinklage (The Station Agent, 2003)

One thing I'd like to point out because it deserves to be an example for the whole entertainment industry, is that while Peter Dinklage, who is a short person, was cast in the role of the deceased's gay lover, this role did not require an actor of any specific height, nor was any humor explicitly derived from the fact of his shortness. The character's height was only referred to in reference to his appearance - no one ever said anything like, "ZOMG a gay dwarf is at this party!" Which is good, because we all need to get over shit like that. If you remember the similar rant I had about whenever Michelle Rodriguez is cast in a role - it's like affirmative action, which sucks. I want to skip the affirmative action bit and get straight to the part where diversity is a thing that happens without such a fucking big deal.

So much was happening in this movie and it was really very hilarious. You'll like this if you enjoyed The Royal Tenenbaums, A Fish Called Wanda, and movies of that ilk, a big emphasis on ludicrous situational comedy and everything going awry. It's one of those movies where everyone's got some sort of drama going on and they are all getting in each other's way trying to resolve it.

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