It has been a little bit since my last movie review but I have come bearing the gift of a great suggestion! First we’ll start with the rankings (which I’m still hammering out the format for), then I’ll go into more depth about what I loved about Bernie.
First let me start out by saying that I’m not a big Jack Black guy. I know a lot of people love him but I typically just find him more annoying than funny or amusing. That being said, I think Jack Black was the perfect casting for his role as the main character, Bernie.
The plot is based on the true story of Bernie Tiede, an assistant funeral director in a small town in rural Texas. He was beloved by the entire community and was always selflessly trying to do things to help people out. He was a Sunday school teacher, choir director, community theatre director, etc. He decides to undertake the task of befriending a recent widow that was a very cold, angry woman. He manages to crack her tough outer shell and they end up doing everything together, including many extravagant vacations. She is beyond loaded and places Bernie in charge of all of her finances instead of her children who want nothing to do with her. It doesn’t take long before she is fully dependent on Bernie and she begins to take advantage of his kindness and generosity to the point of driving him crazy. Eventually the townspeople stopped seeing Ms. Marjorie around. Turns out she was murdered. Did sweet Bernie do it? You’ll have to see the movie to find out.
Major points must be given for the uniqueness of the plot. I’d compare it to Driving Miss Daisy meets Fargo. The most entertaining part of the movie is definitely all of the dry, dark humor though. Bless his heart, Bernie couldn’t be a nicer guy but he certainly isn’t in any way a masculine fella, which is hysterical to watch Jack Black act out. Also the movie is filled with candid interview clips with the townspeople who couldn’t be more funny.
Overall I’d highly recommend Bernie to just about anyone, which is rare these days. Few films have the same level of entertainment value and humor that have such wide appeal anymore.