`Death' rolls merrily along - until the end

Review B

August 17, 2007|By Michael Sragow | Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic

The late Ingmar Bergman gave us a classical dance of death, but it's more like a madcap macarena in Death at a Funeral, a half-hilarious farce about a family's vain attempt to bury its patriarch with dignity at his suburban manse in the verdant English countryside.

The movie maintains its comical, rocky equilibrium as long as the screenwriter, Dean Craig, sticks to domestic disasters and a Monty Python parody of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Death at a Funeral (MGM) Starring Matthew MacFadyen, Rupert Graves, Ewen Bremner, Daisy Donovan, Jane Asher, Alan Tudyk. Directed by Frank Oz. Rated R. Time 90 minutes.

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