Mr. Bean's Holiday/Death At A Funeral
by Carl Macki
Directed by Steve Bendelack
In General Release
Starring Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean
Death at a Funeral (2007)
Directed by Frank Oz
Written by Dean Craig
The ever so British Mr. Bean
at a church raffle is a lucky winner to the south of France. After going
through the Chunnel, in Paris he manages to stumble his way onto a a
bullet train to Cannes. In a series of haphazard events on the railliner,
he separates a prominent Russian film director on his way to the Film
Festival from his son. The plot surrounds the further, funny misadventures
Mr. Bean eventuates in attempting to reunite the father with his son son,
which escalates to a possible criminal child abduction. A sub plot
involves an egotistical American film director played by WIllem Dafoe, and
an actress in the film he is showcasing, and Mr. Bean's involvement with
the actress, Sabine (Emma de Caunes), and the boy (Max Baldry), while all
of Frances is on a manhunt for the three The movie reminds me of the
early Pee Week Herman films, "My Father The Hero, with a little bit of My
Little Sunshine" thrown in. "Holiday" may appeal to the child in you. It's
over the top in sentimentally but it's all in harmless fun.
Today a grocer checker told me that the same writer of "Four Weddings And
A Funeral, wrote the smash hit international comedy "A Death At A
Funeral." That is not true. The writer of "A Funeral" is Dean Craig, who
wrote "Caffeine and "Dirty Little Secrets." The writer of "Four Weddings,"
Rich Curtis, actually wrote several of the Mr. Bean comedies. Whoever the
screenwriter, "A Death At A Funeral" made me laugh louder than any movie I
have seen in recent memory. The humor is gross, morbid, and sickly, but
this is not a mean deformity. It does put the "F U" in "funeral," but
leaves you in good humor.
I liked all of the actors in this movie. Director Frank Oz is dead on by
making light of death.
Matthew MacFayden is steely and chagrined as dependable son Daniel, who is
struggling to come up with the down on a new flat he promised to his wife
Jane (Keely Hawes), while also dealing with the costs of the funeral, that
his expatriate, New York-living, successful novelist brother Robert
(Rupert Graves) shirks on sharing.
Graves is smarmy and suave; in this case setting, a jolly and pathetic
combination. Alan Tudyk left a memorable impression as the fiance of
cousin Martha (Daisy Donovan), going totally bonkers during the service
due to an accidental dosing with a powerful psychedic.
Peter Linkage, as the queer midget lover of the dead father, is a mink
amid squirrels. The kicker is the proposition he lays before sons Danie
and Robert. Last, Peter Vaughan is phenomenal as a vituperous,
wheelchair-bound uncle. His excretory duress on a toilet, is simply THE