The Funeral

                                                                             The Funeral

The story concerns the funeral of one of three brothers in a family of gangsters that lived in New York in 1930s.  The film begins with Gallo, who plays Johnny ,the youngest of three mobster brothers ,being carried in a coffin into the family house for viewing. The casket is opened and viewed by the oldest brother Ray (Christopher Walken) who says “He died so young. Only 22 years old and look what they did to him.”  Another brother Chez is more hot tempered. Flashbacks show us that Johnny was more sensitive. The chief suspect in Johnny’s murder is rival gangster Gaspare Spoglia (superbly played by Benicio del Toro). We find out that Johnny is not only an adulterer , but also a communist , who disdains the business he and his brother are engaged in , not to mention Gaspare in particular.  Walken gives a more  emotional version of his King Of New York character and carries much of the moral debate with himself and others. The rest of the cast does good job too. The nature of these characters are particularly interesting in a story that points out the realities of mafia life (for both the mobsters and their wives) as violence begets violence ,making for a very intriguing story. The Funeral is an extraordinary dark and disturbing journey which will keep audiences hooked till the end.

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