Friday, June 5, 2009

Death Becomes Her (1992)

Death Becomes Her seems to have been forgotten in the years since its release, but the humor and amazing FX work in this clever satire still have plenty to offer any genre fan. Two embittered friends battle over their prized lover, resulting in sex, betrayal, murder, and (with the help of a little magic potion) revenge from beyond the grave! Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn, and Bruce Willis offer excellent performances, with Willis standing out in particular as a bumbling surgeon that is quite unlike his previous roles as the lead hero. They each bring a hilarious characature of vain upper class society to their roles, with sharp deliveries on their lines and equally funny physical comedy. What is most surprising are the groundbreaking special FX rivaling those of even Terminator 2. Using a combination of blue screen and digital FX, the leading ladies are able to contort their bodies in ways that are unimaginable, and though it does appear slightly awkward at times on screen, the desired effect in astonishing the audience is still achieved nearly 20 years later. Fans of twisted dark comedies like The Stepford Wives or Beetlejuice are sure to enjoy this one, and I fully recommend seeing it at least once!

Rating: 8/10.



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  1. I WAS ALWAYS FOND OF THIS MOVIE. I WENT TO THE THEATER AND SAW IT AND IT WAS A WILD FUN TIME IN MY BOOK.

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