Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

The Funeral (1996)

Directed by Abel Ferrara

Starring Christopher Walken, Chris Penn, Annabella Sciorra, Isabella Rossellini


A rip-off of The Godfather and not different enough from it to be interesting. The Tarantino time jumps aren’t too clear. And a crazy, Tarantino-ish death scene at the end, which is kind of shocking but could have been much better if the story had been more appealing and built us up to the moment. An awful lot of 90’s-ish “rise of woman leads to destruction of established social institution” (Mafia) theme for a film taking place in the 1930’s.

Walken is too evil and too weird to be a protagonist I would relate to, like, or empathize with. Rossellini is still attractive. Penn was one psychotic, fucked up dude. He always is fucked up, or at least off-kilter, in his movies. The acting is stale most of the time, with bad delivery of seemingly improvised dialogue.

The first shots of the big actors were bad, giving us unclear shots of them and made us guess if that was who they were for a few seconds. Lots of shots of the backs of peoples heads. Bad lighting. Bad sound mixing (often you can’t hear their voices). Bad credit music (way too happy for the death scene at the end).

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