Title: Death Becomes Her Director: Robert Zemeckis Year: 1992 Run time: 1hr 44m
“Oscar®-winning actress Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn star with Bruce Willis in Robert Zemeckis’ outrageously entertaining comedy about greed, vanity, sex, immortality, life… and death. Isabella Rossellini is a beautiful enchantress who changes their lives - and deaths - forever in this hilarious dark comedy with ground-breaking special effects that the Chicago Tribune calls “diabolically inventive.”
0:48 – What a cast. And with Zemeckis too. 5:10 – Love Bruce doing comedy. 7:51 – That’s some really bad hair Goldie is sporting. 9:29 – You know you’ve taken cat lady too far when there’s a cat IN the cupboard. 15:57 – “Is it up yet?’ You can’t talk about your wife like that. 21:57 – Spray paint! 28:08 – “Oh for god’s sake, at least lie quickly.” 32:51 – Lovely Isabella. Or scary Isabella. Or both! 36:59 – “A touch of magic in this world obsessed with science.” 45:55 – It’s a pretty elaborate plan, there must be a simpler way. 51:04 – Er, he’s not sticking to the plan. 55:18 – “There’s something wrong with your neck too.” 1:00:35 – “The Morgue?? She’ll be furious!” 1:08:20 – Epic double take. 1:12:56 – “En garde, bitch.” 1:16:05 – I love that her shadow has a hole in it. 1:20:42 – Woah, naked Isabella. I can see why she was/wasn’t on Ross’s list. 1:26:41 – Hehe, popping back up to gain headlines. 1:33:48 – Life begins at 50.
This is one of those films that I absolutely knew I’d seen before, but I could remember nothing about it. I was convinced that I loved it, but we’ve seen how that works out for me before. I really had no idea what the story was except Goldie Hawn ends up with a hole in her chest.
It wasn’t quite as good as I’d built it up in my head, but it was still a really good film. It got off to a slow start, I think, but once things picked up and everyone started acting like complete maniacs, it was a lot of fun. I was impressed with the effects, a few of them went a bit wonky, but there were a couple that I’m still not sure how would be achieved today, let alone twenty years ago. Some of the fashion choices haven’t aged particularly well and I was annoyed at the scene where Goldie has lipstick on her teeth - they couldn’t have shot that again?
It wasn’t until watching this that I realised I’ve never actually seen Isabella Rossellini in anything other than Friends, so it was nice to see her doing the day job. Wasn’t expecting to see quite so much of her, but there you go. And always fun to see Bruce Willis doing more than just playing the hard man.