David Blackwell (enterlinemedia) wrote,
David Blackwell
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DVD Review: UNDERTAKING BETTY

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
Audio: English 5.1 DD (optional English SDH or Spanish subtitles)

The big thing that sticks out from this dark comedy is Christopher Walken as a rival undertaker in a two undertaker Welsh town. His hair is like a character of it's own. The Star Trek funeral scene is one of the funniest in UNDERTAKING BETTY. It has to bee seen to be believed. This very British film features Brenda Blethyn as Betty, a wife who feels underappreciated by her two timing husband (who is cheating on Betty with his hot secretary played by Naomi Watts that struts her stuff in two different sets of red underwear) and plans to fake her death with the help of the other undertaker (Alfred Molina) who is in love with Betty. However, her perfect funeral is threatened by Christopher Walken's over-the-top funeral director who loves putting on big funerals (who wants to put the fun back into funeral). Another great sequence is near the end of the movie when Betty gets her revenge on her husband and his mistress. Also the musical dream sequences recall the oldtime musicals from the 1940s and 1950s. I enjoyed this gem of a comedy and you should check it out even if it is just for Christopher Walken (who steals every scene he is in) or Naomi Watts in sexy red attire.

THE FUN IN FUNERAL is the making of featurette with interviews with cast and crew. Behind-the-scenes footage and the stories about how the script, casting the roles, and setting it in Wales makes this worthwhile since an audio commentary for this film would have been lovely.
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