14 years after Madeline steals Helens fiancé Ernest, Helen together with the now alcoholic and downtrodden Ernest plots a plan to kill Madeline. Hovewer, due to Madeline having taken an elixir that gives her eternal life just killing her won’t suffice.
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Perhaps there’s something to be said for the material transcending the people shepherding it onto the screen. Death Becomes Her is a flashy, femme spin on both The Picture of Dorian Gray and hagsploitation with an unmistakably Tales from the Crypt taste for poetic justice.
In a film without a charitable bone in its body, there is no humanity to Madeleine and Helen (Mad vs. Hel . . . cute?); they are simply the worst that Hollywood can offer, repulsive Norma Desmonds for the digital age.
Just, like, 2 rewrites away from the classic it might have been. Never quite leans in far enough - to B-movie lite design, camp scenery spitting or LA showbiz satire. Out of the gate like the most bonkers baby of All About Eve and Frankenstein, then a series of missteps culminating in the biggest, Willis as lead. Streep has never sleeked like this, tone and pacing just as slippery.
It’s a satisfying blend of light Gothic, Disney-esque fantasy, juxtaposed with vanity-based dark comedy. The strong, manipulative female duo of Streep/Hawn is perfectly balanced against Willis’ pushover surgeon-come-undertaker. It’s light, no holds barred – intelligent – fun, raving mad but infinitely enjoyable - dramatic thunderstorms, potions and all.
DEATH BECOMES HER is a unique movie. Director Robert Zemeckis put a satire about an aging Hollywood actress and a writer. How they tried so hard to keep young and beautiful. DEATH BECOMES HER is also a dark comedy about how beauty does matter. I must admit this movie has an interesting storyline. I think this movie is lacks of focus. It looks like Zemeckis wants to include everything in one movie. It's worth watching