Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Death Becomes Her - REVIEW

Film of the Day #98/ 300

Death Becomes Her is a deliciously dark comedy and one of the wittiest satires to ever come out of Hollywood. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, this classic nineties movie is a spectacular piece of cinema that explores the desire for eternal life. The film features terrific performances from Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn as rivals obsessed with the tonic of youth. However, it is the refreshing performance of Bruce Willis as Dr. Ernest Menville that makes this film so unique. After initially receiving negative reviews from critics for being “too dark”, Death Becomes Her has gone on the earn cult status- much in thanks to the films stunning visual effects created by ILM. Winner of best visual effects at the Oscars in 1992, the movies bizarre, dark visuals and offbeat comedy strike a perfect balance and still amaze today. A sharply written and cleverly directed film, Death Becomes Her is an underrated comedy gem that features a clear message emphasised in almost every scene; beauty does not equal happiness.