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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect trio in bizarre and wonderful dark comedy
Falling actress Madeline Ashton (Streep) learns of a secret potion that will regenerate her beauty whilst her long term enemy Helen (Hawn) looks set to steal her husband

Black comedies are some weird and wonderful creations. The Coen brothers are creative masters at such a genre, whether depicting the nature of the government in Burn after Reading or revealing...
Published on 10 May 2009 by Stampy

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3.0 out of 5 stars funny black comedy
A terrific black comedy that skewers the vanity and lengths people go to staying young. Merle Streep and Goldie Hawn play friends/rivals through life and Ms. Streep steals Bruce Willis's character from Goldie. Goldie goes into a deep depression made better by terrific makeup work. Time passes and Goldie is now slim and successful while Ms. Streep's character is the...
Published on 15 Nov 2011 by Lord Anon


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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect trio in bizarre and wonderful dark comedy, 10 May 2009
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This review is from: Death Becomes Her [DVD] [1992] (DVD)
Falling actress Madeline Ashton (Streep) learns of a secret potion that will regenerate her beauty whilst her long term enemy Helen (Hawn) looks set to steal her husband

Black comedies are some weird and wonderful creations. The Coen brothers are creative masters at such a genre, whether depicting the nature of the government in Burn after Reading or revealing the solidity of harsh actions in Intolerable Cruelty the pair have become a landmark and favourites.

To take the concept of death and vanity and putting a comedy twist on it sounds almost as controversial as Dogma and as zany for Zemeckis as you like, given his previous hit was the final part in the Back to the Future trilogy. But despite the initially oddity of this picture, it is perfect comedy gold with a strange darkness and bizarreness to rival Tim Burton.

The film begins with a song and dance routine with Meryl Streep in as good as singing voice as in her later role Mamma Mia! After a couple of confusing scenes we see Helen has gone into depression after her husband got hitched with Madeline and it seems we have a soapy style love triangle but after Madeline gets her hand on a love potion and we see Helen return to the mix, everything becomes much more light hearted and very funny, with sharp physical comedy and maintaining that level of bizarre activity throughout.

Goldie Hawn is the stand out with a wacky crazed character that is simply likeable despite her vindictiveness. Streep is, as ever, on fine form and pleasantly Willis has dived away from his stereotyped action hero into a soft hearted struggler who wants his life back. The pairing of the three works wonders and is hard to imagine any other in such roles as the playful comic acting is in perfect harmony with the wacky script.

The film revolves around the concept of vanity with the female protagonists looking to get their lives back with simply changing their appearances. Echoes of Sunset Boulevard's excellent Gloria Swanson will be heard and there is almost a perfect intertextuality in the way Streep handles her character's selfishness.

Winner of Best visual effects at the Oscars this 1992 comedy fantasy brings the comedy as well as the fantasy with some bizarre visuals including weapons through the stomach and a neck twisting scene that will make your neck turn the other way.

Death Becomes Her is a must watch, simply because it is so out of sync with reality and maintains a strong level of comedy and fantasy that will make your head spin.

8.5/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh until you......die?, 8 May 2009
This review is from: Death Becomes Her [DVD] [1992] (DVD)
Buy it...........watch it...........laugh 'till it hurts.....and then watch it again.

For some reason this fantastic film seemed to pass by unnoticed and I cannot understand why. Meryl Streep is the heart of the film and is on fine form, her comedic talent is second to none and in my opinion not showcased enough. Goldie Hawn is also terrific, and it is great to see Bruce Willis playing the shy, pathetic man for a change. No sign of John Mclane here!

If you are a fan of Ms. Streep then you have to own this film as in my opinion it is one of her best ever performances. Even if you are not a fan of the mighty Streep, buy it anyway and fall in love with her.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Siempre Viva!, 3 July 2004
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Gary F. Taylor "GFT" (Biloxi, MS USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Death Becomes Her [DVD] [1992] (DVD)
The passage of time weighs upon us all: the loss of youth's energy, agility, beauty. But let us say there is a potion, an elixir, "a touch of magic in a world obsessed with science." Drink it and you will be forever young. Do not drink it and watch yourself rot away with old age. Just such a potion falls into the hands of two women who are not only fierce rivals, determined to best each other no matter the cost, but consumed with vanity as well. Siempre Viva: Live Forever! Whether you like it or not!
With excellent performances, an invective-laced script, and remarkable special effects, DEATH BECOMES HER takes on several great philosophical and literary concepts--and subverts them into one of the most wickedly funny black comedies in recent memory, dishy, bitchy, mean spirited, and a tremendous amount of fun. Film buffs will particularly relish this film, which references everything from THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW to THE WIZARD OF OZ and a host of classic horror films such as FRANKENSTEIN, THE MUMMY, and CAT PEOPLE--and also tacks in everything from Tennessee Williams plays to rock legend Jim Morrison for good measure.
Unfortunately, the DVD release is commonplace, offering the film in pan-and-scan only. To give the release its due, the shift from widescreen to pan-and-scan is expertly done and not in the least distracting--but still, a widescreen option for such a special effects heavy film would be preferred. And while this would seem to be an ideal film for a making-of documentary, the DVD offers only a handful of production notes as bonus. Even so, the film is so extremely well done that I wouldn't miss it on that account! Recommended.
GFT, Amazon Reviewer
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4.0 out of 5 stars Morbid Comedy, 15 May 2007
This review is from: Death Becomes Her [DVD] [1992] (DVD)
Death becomes her has a really good idea: what would it be like to live forever, stay young and beautiful? I don't consider this movie gives an answer to that, but it represents one over-exaggerated view - a particularly well-carried out view. Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep make an unique performance and fit perfectly to their roles. Interesting was also to see Bruce Willis in so different kind of movie I have used to see him. The plot was a little bit too easy to guess beforehand, but I didn't mind. Just great!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 16 Mar 2005
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This film is funny exciting, nerve racking cause what happens is not at all what you expect the actors are brilliant and play there parts so good it would`nt be the same with anyone else playing there parts. The whole film is excellent there are no boaring bits, its all really amusing, this is a one of those must be seen video`s and once you`ve seen it you will watch it over and over again. I must say this is a classic film and trust me anyone will enjoy it even your granny`s.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "I can see right through you!", 4 Sep 2007
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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Rivalry between two women (Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn) over a doctor/undertaker (Bruce Willis) leads to extreme measures. They take an elixir that maintains beauty forever with some minor side effects (and a belated warning by scantily clad Isabella Rossellini).

One woman becomes very twisted, the other holier than thou.
Who will he choose?

The great acting and good special effects will hold your attention. One must be prepared to suspend reality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars witch one dear, 12 July 2014
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unbeknown to husband and ex doctor (willis) has two witches fighting over his affections ,eternal youth which they get then his life as they fight kill each other again and again,this is one hilariuose film which I recommend
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4.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorite comedy ever!! hilarious!!!!, 27 Jun 2014
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Since 'Death Becomes her' is a black comedy, naturally the plot includes lots of exaggerated parts. However, this movie is basically about every woman's endless desire: how to stay forever young and beautiful. Madeleine(Meryl Streep) is a movie actress obsessed with her falling career and aging body. Helen(Gold Hawn) is Madeleine's compulsive childhood rival. Helen also has a complex about Madeline stealing of her man. Eventually, they became great enemies each other and will fight until either of them to win. Subtly, because of drinking portions, duo have to help each other to survive. Every role is played to perfection and the jokes fly by very quickly. Especially, Gold Hawn and Meryl Streep gave an exclusive, hilarious performane ever. In my opinion, this movie sarcastically seemed to show the final result of the human addiction to plastic surgery. DVD is in a general widescreen version, not in full screen. Additionally, a brief making of film and trailer consists of a full screen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I did not buy this DVD from amazon.co.uk but I wanted to review the film, "do you remember where you parked the car?", 16 April 2014
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Wonderfully black comedy with inspired performances from the cast. If you have not seen this film, see it NOW! The stairs part is worth the price alone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, 21 Mar 2014
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if you haven't seen this film then, your missing out buy it. Great cast and believe me you would never of seen anything like this before your also be laughing your arse off :)
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