Monday, August 4, 2014

Netflix Instant Queue Movie Review: "Waking Ned Devine" (1998)

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Movie"Waking Ned Devine"
Director: Kirk Jones
Year: 1998
Rating: R
Running Time: 1 hour, 31 minutes

In a small Irish town of just 52 people, a man by the name of Ned Devine (Jimmy Keogh) has just won the Irish National lottery. There is just one problem: the shock of winning has sent Ned to his grave. When a fellow townsman Jackie O'Shea (Ian Bannen) discovers Ned has won and is in fact dead, he along with his best friend Michael O'Sullivan (David Kelley) devise a plan to claim the winnings. 

I can remember seeing this movie in the theater with my family when I was a kid and not really understanding it. It's always fun to go back and watch movies again as an adult with a different (and at times, any) perspective. This is a funny, offbeat, and slightly dark comedy that does have a lot of heart as well. It manages to somehow make death and fraud, two very negative topics, funny. Though the main characters are actually committing a crime, as an audience, we found ourselves hoping they get away with it. Things are sometimes funnier with old people, especially things like riding naked on a motorbike. Come on, that's hilarious! It's not going to make you roll on the floor with laughter, but it does provide some much needed chuckles throughout. The Irish humor won't be for everyone, but if you keep an open mind, we think you will be surprised. The acting is very good and the characters are all given some great depth and interactions. The premise of this film, though outrageous, is quite unique entertaining. Also, despite being shot in the Isle of Man, there are many wide-shots of the country and it is quite beautiful to look at from an artistic standpoint.

This is a movie that had and probably will continue to pass people by, and it's a shame because it's really quite cute. It's something that is not so childish that adults will hate it, but it's not so adult that kids won't enjoy it. Despite the subject matter, it is safe for families to watch. It's a quaint, charming little movie that shouldn't be missed. SLAINTE!!!

My Rating: 7/10
BigJ's Rating: 7.5/10
IMDB's Rating: 7.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 83%
Do we recommend this movie: Sure, why not?
One year ago, we were watching: "Fruitvale Station"

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