'Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral'
(Tyler Perry, Patrice Lovely, Cassi Davis, et al / Blu-ray + DVD + Digital / PG-13 / 2019 / LGF)
Overview: A joyous family reunion becomes a hilarious nightmare as Madea and the crew travel to backwoods Georgia, where they find themselves unexpectedly planning a funeral that might unveil unsavory family secrets.
Blu-ray Verdict: So the Tyler Perry Madea-based films are finally coming to an end with this final chapter. For me, Madea is a hit or miss character and I find the earlier films she was involved in to be better quality.
I actually kind of do not remember the characters outside of Madea from the other films, such as Joe and the "core" family! Regardless, the film was fairly easy to follow otherwise. I'll just say if you aren't already a fan of Madea films you won't enjoy this.
The film is about a family get together to celebrate an anniversary which quickly turns into a gathering for a funeral and wake. The circumstances of the characters death revolve around infidelity.
In fact, there are a lot of family secrets of infidelity that are in danger of being aired by loose lipped family members. Of course, Madea and crew bring comedy and their regular loud shenanigans as well.
My first note was Aeriel Miranda was fine as hell. Wasn't like that on Pretty Little Liars. I'm kind of glad that the Madea character is being retired in film because the films got a little long in the tooth as years went by.
Overall. I think this was a fairly good send off for this series of films. Some scenes are overlong, especially the one in the church but other stuff works. I'd say the physical humor really worked. The gang being pulled over was also a highlight in a rather uneven film.
In truth, the comedy is rather hit or miss here. Some parts were quite funny, mostly through Madea's delivery. A lot of the family emotional moments feel forced and aren't acted as well.
As for the level of comedy, well, there's a scene which shows that a casket at a funeral cannot be closed properly due to Viagra issues! Come on everyone, laughter is the best medicine, so watch, accept and enjoy this fun flick for what it is.
But, and again, overall, it's what you get with this type of film. A mixed bag. If you enjoy the characters and their comedic delivery you won't be let down. Otherwise, I don't know if you'll like it, sorry. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Bonus Features of:
“Madea’s Tips for Attending a Funeral” Featurette
“Making A Madea Family Funeral: An Affair to Remember” Featurette
“Hellllur: Looking Back on Madea” Featurette
For me, the best of the Bonus Features is the “Making A Madea Family Funeral: An Affair to Remember” Featurette as it has Tyler Perry himself explaining the reasoning behind why he choose to make this the exit door for his character of Madea.
As he himself puts it, "Having experienced funerals all my life there's nothing funnier than what goes on at a black funeral!" As he explains, the "choice" by the family to allow Madea to MC the funeral, wearing a "Beyoncé hat" was just so bad, so, so bad, so he knew the comedy would be so, so good.
The 'Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral' Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.
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