Is it the weekend yet?! Happy Tuesday everyone! How has your week been going? Watched any good films recently?
A few weeks back, we found there was nothing on TV live that we wanted to watch, and so we started to look back at what we had recorded. One film had stuck out to us when we were reading through the Radio Times because of a good cast, and so we decided to watch it without really knowing a lot about it – Death Becomes Her.
This 1992 film, starring Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis and Goldie Hawn, was a brilliantly bizarre comedy – there’s no other way to describe it!
Madeline (Meryl Streep) and Helen (Goldie Hawn) are old friends, and we start with actress Madeline on stage. She is aging and the reviews aren’t the best, however her old friend has come to see her, and has brought her husband, Ernest (Bruce Willis) along. Madeline and Ernest immediately click, and 7 years later are married, while Helen begins to fantasize about the death of her old friend. Fast forward another 7 years, and the supposedly-happy couple are reunited with Helen. As Madeline tries to fight getting older, comedy and craziness follows, and I’ll be honest, I laughed so much!
When trying to describe Death Becomes Her afterwards, I can only describe it as brilliantly bizarre – the overall story is a little out there, but it is done so spectacularly that you sort of manage to forget how crazy it all seems. A bit like the Rocky Horror Picture Show in that way I think – just without the musical sequences.
Now one thing I do have to say is that you probably need to be in the mood for a light hearted film that you’re going to take as a pinch of salt. While I’m sure so many people will consider Death Becomes Her an all-time classic, I’m not sure I would rush to watch it again. Well, that’s not exactly fair – I would watch it again to see if it made any more sense I think!
In essence, the film is about finding eternal youth, and best friends’ rivalry in its most extreme situation, and the script is fantastic. The acting from everyone involved was spectacular, and the costumes for the most part were brilliant. There was one moment when I was baffled by how the costume department had managed to pull something off, but I won’t spoil it if you haven’t seen it.
Have you watched Death Becomes Her? Would you agree with my thoughts on the film? Or what did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below!