Death Becomes Her

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"In one small bottle... The fountain of youth. The secret of eternal life. The power of an ancient potion. Sometimes it works... sometimes it doesn't."
  • PG-13
  • 1992
  • 1 hr 44 min
  • 6.6  (130,415)
  • 56

Death Becomes Her is a dark comedy film released in 1992, directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, and Goldie Hawn. The movie revolves around the idea of immortality, and how far people are willing to go to achieve it. The story begins with a young Helen Sharp (Meryl Streep), a struggling actress in Hollywood who is desperate to make it big. Her longtime friend Madeline Ashton (Goldie Hawn) is a successful actress, who seems to have everything that Helen wants - fame, wealth, and the affection of her fiance, Ernest Menville (Bruce Willis), a renowned plastic surgeon.

Helen is devastated when Ernest chooses to marry Madeline instead of her, and she falls into a deep depression. Years later, the two women meet again at a party. Madeline is now a fading star, desperate to stay relevant in Hollywood. Helen, on the other hand, has transformed herself into a successful writer and is now married to Ernest, who has lost his medical license due to malpractice.

The tension between the two women is palpable, and things escalate when Madeline reveals that she has been having an affair with Ernest. In a fit of rage, Helen pushes Madeline down the stairs, killing her. Ernest, desperate to save Helen from going to jail, suggests a radical solution - he will use his knowledge of plastic surgery to bring Madeline back to life.

What follows is a series of darkly comic events, as the women discover that they have been given eternal youth and immortality, but at a terrible price. Their bodies may be indestructible, but their souls are slowly deteriorating, trapped in a never-ending cycle of jealousy, revenge, and desperation.

One of the standout aspects of the movie is the special effects used to create the immortal characters. The use of CGI and prosthetics was groundbreaking for the time, and still holds up well today. The transformations that the characters undergo are simultaneously grotesque and beautiful, reflecting the twisted nature of their desire for immortality.

The performances from the three lead actors are also superb. Meryl Streep brings depth and complexity to the character of Helen, who is both sympathetic and terrifying. Goldie Hawn plays the vain and manipulative Madeline to perfection, while Bruce Willis brings a touch of humor and pathos to the role of Ernest. The supporting cast, including Isabella Rossellini as a mysterious woman who holds the key to the women's immortality, and Sydney Pollack as a mortician, also add to the film's darkly comic tone.

Overall, Death Becomes Her is a clever and entertaining satire on the obsession with youth and beauty in Hollywood. The film's mix of humor, horror, and social commentary still holds up well almost 30 years after its release. It is a must-watch for fans of dark comedies and anyone interested in the themes of immortality and the human desire for eternal youth.

Death Becomes Her is a 1992 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 44 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.6 and a MetaScore of 56.

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    6.6  (130,415)
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