Death Becomes Her (1992)

I struggled to find the right film for tonight’s DailyView because I had a limited window of time and I was not in the mood for a long film. I also did not want to dive into the shorter films that I planned to use on Wednesdays and Mondays. So I was worried that I might not be able to get this done.

Then, on HBO Max, I found Death Becomes Her.

This was a movie that I had not seen before, initially because of poor reviews, but had received a more of a cult status recently. I had always been a fan of Bruce Willis, in particular the early days when he seemingly cared about the projects he was involved in.

In a story of vanity and excessiveness, actress Madeline Ashton (Meryl Streep) was so concerned with aging and an old rivalry with Helen Sharp (Goldie Hawn) that she took her fiancé, Dr. Ernest Menville (Bruce Willis) away from her for access to his skills as a plastic surgeon.

Madeline and Ernest get married and Helen finds her life ruined. Years later, Helen decided that her life would only be improved by revenge.

Helen found, by this point, the unhappy couple and convinced Ernest that they could kill Madeline. Fate interfered. Madeline had found a woman who sold her a potion that would keep her young forever. When she returned home, a wound up Ernest pushed Madeline down the stairs, breaking her neck and killing her.

However, that was not the end of the story. Madeline, after a few minutes, stood back up with her neck broken badly.

Death Becomes Her was better than I thought it was going to be, probably because of the skills of three top notch actors in Streep, Willis and Hawn. There were some dark comedic moments throughout the film, even when the situation became really weird. It is mean-spirited at times and darkly funny at others.

The special effects were transcendent at the time, but now looks like it was a 1990s movie. However, it was great enough to win the Academy Award for Best Effects, Visual Effects.

This had its moments and it could have been worse. It had some funny lines and strong performances.

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