Co-written and co-directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the clip for “Cemetery Junction” hints at a promising film-making career for the duo known primarily for their television work.
The clip is self-assured in tone and dialogue. It features a nicely-dressed young man intent on selling life insurance to two definitely reluctant buyers. In the first instance the young guy doesn’t even get his foot through the door and is soundly, if pleasantly, rebuffed.
In the second instance, his dad, reclining on the sofa, is just as adamant that a policy of this nature will do more harm than good while the grandmother chimes in with witty comments to the contrary.
More “dramedy” than comedy, those expecting big laughs from funny man Gervais might be disappointed. Instead, what they will get are big themes like death, not surprisingly given the title, aging, family problems, ambition and a working-class milieu and how to escape it.
If laughter is to be had it will probably be more of the “yellow” variety than of the barrel-laugh variety.
Regardless of its less-than-funny quotient, it doesn’t negate “Cemetery Junction’s” other charms, appealing performances and an attention to detail, coupled with what will surely be smart dialogue.
A note of caution: the working class brogue can be a bit hard to understand or maybe it’s just me.
Starring Gervais, Ralph Fiennes, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson, Felicity Jones (pictured above), Christian Cooke, Julia Davis and Tom Hughes, the movie arrived April 14 in the U.K., with a U.S. date yet to be announced.
Source: Trailer Addict
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