Wednesday, November 28, 2012
The last few days I decided to catch up on a few movies I had missed in theaters. The first one I watched was Bernie starring Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine. I had heard very good things about this movie during its run at the SXSW film festival which is premiered at.
Bernie is the story of a overly kind man who found his calling as a mortician who takes great pride in his work of preparing the recently deceased for a peaceful and beautiful passing into the afterlife while being presentable and easier for families of those they leave behind. He took his job so far that he would actually stay in contact with the families of those he had prepared burials for to make sure their grieving was slightly alleviated.
His kind turn found himself befriending the local towns hag and who most people in the town called a "complete bitch". She was horribly mean to everyone, but Bernie became her friend and they built a nice relationship after her husband died. Her rudeness began to show again though and he finally snapped and killed her.
This is based on an actual true story of a real mortician in Carthage, Texas who killed a rich woman that he had befriended and eventually was caught and stood trial. This is one of those dark comedies which you have to be able to really appreciate that type of comedy to enjoy the film. It definitely had its funny parts but most of the film was filled with just awkward moments. Jack Black was perfect for the role and portrayed the man the film was based on very well. Shirley MacLaine was so perfect, she was almost adorable at times before you realized, no you are supposed to hate her.
As far as independent films go, this was pretty good. While not a favorite by any means, it had its moments of humor and was worth a free watch on Netflix. Great for a random afternoon when you can't find anything else to watch. I give it 3 stars. Check it out- the main characters are the best part of the film and keep you engaged for the hour and a half running time.
Movie poster from: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1704573/