|Death Becomes Her (DVD, 1998, Keep Case; Subtitled Spanish)|
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Death Becomes Her is a tale of greed, envy, revenge, vanity & the search for eternal youth. Meryl Streep stars as Madeline Ashton, an aging actress desperate to keep both her sagging body & career alive. One night, at her dismal off broadway play, she is visited by her childhood friend Helen Sharp, played by Goldie Hawn. Helen is rather frumpy looking at this stage in the film & will get worse. Helen introduces Madeline to her fiance, renowned plastic surgeon Dr Ernest Menville, played by Bruce Willis, who is already enthralled with Madeline. Madeline steals Ernest from Helen & that sends Helen on a path of self destruction. Move along 7 years. Helen becomes extremely fat, stops working (she was a writer) & is way behind on her bills. She is evicted & sent to an insane asylum where she eventually get a revelation.
we move to 7 years later. Madeline has aged considerably & has ruined Ernest. instead of a plastic surgeon, he is now an alcoholic corpse makeup artist to the deceased stars! Madeline receives an invitation to Helen's new book publishing party, though they haven't spoken in 14 years. Desperate not to look bad to her old friend, she rushes to her local spa, only to be told they can do nothing for her. The spa owner does give Madeline a card for a Lisle Von Rhoman who may be able to help. Madeline scoffs at it, rips it in 2, but accidentally drops it in her purse. She & Ernest go to the party & find that Helen has not only lost weight, but is absolutely gorgeous! She is young looking, svelte & alluring. Madeline tries to slip away, but Helen catches her. Distraught, Madeline goes to her young lover's house only to find him with a younger woman. Now, totally hysterical, she finds the card in her purse & decides to take a chance. She finds Lisle (Isabella Rossallini) to be a gorgeous young woman who admits to being 75. She offers Madeline a potion to keep her forever young. The unspecified price is very high & Madeline refuses until she is given a demonstration. She quickly writes a check & takes the potion. From this point, special effects take over the movie as we watch Madeline's rather humorous transformation to youth which includes a butt lift & rising boobs!
Meanwhile, Helen is busy plotting Madeline's demise with Ernest. The whole thing blows up in their faces as both women end up killing each other only to find they are already dead! Helen has also taken the same potion! What transpires is an amusing romp as Helen & Madeline reconcile & then try to hold on to the one man who can keep their dead bodies looking good!
There are tons of awesome special effects, some of which are indicated by the DVD's cover art. Effects fans will find this all very cool! This is not a kid's movie by any stretch though as it features many adult situations & language. Plus Rossellini is half naked throughout! (true fans who watch the credits will see "JAG" & "Army Wives" star Catherine Bell listed as Rossellini's body double!) The film also features many cool deceased star cameos during a party sequence where Elvis, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe & others are shown, a few of Lisle's customers! There are other cameos as well. Male model Fabio shows up as one of Lisle's body guards & Sidney Pollack makes an appearance as an ER doctor. This film is directed by acclaimed action director Robert Zemeckis who does a good job of mixing humor & action with a myriad of special effects! This is quite a ride!
Ok, to be fair Men can be vain too..bad toupees, constantly stopping to look at their reflections in the mirror or any mirrored surface..checking out their muscles both real and imaginary! This movie is about two Women Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep..one an Actress one a frump engaged to a famous plastic surgeon..of course the famous Actrees steals the famous surgeon played brilliantly by Bruce Willis..Meryl Streeps character is hell bent on not growing old or at the very least not showing her age so she seeks out any type of treatment to slow down the aging process..she's secretly given the name and address of Lisa(Leesa) played by the beautiful Isebella Rossalini..she gives well sells Meryl Streeps character a secret potion (which we later learn is also taken by Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Pressley just to name a few) she takes this potion and it halts the aging process even reverses it, but at a cost..later we discover Goldie has also taken the potion..what follows is hilarious, lovers of brilliant comedies will treasure this movie..not just for the silly, belly aching, side splitting, eyes watering antics, but also for the special effects..if you haven't watched this film yet what are you waiting for an invitation? ok I formally invite you to hold your belly and laugh yourself sick..ok now go out and find this movie..go on shoo!!
This is one dark comedy that never quite received the recognition it deserves.
Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn do a wonderful job of portraying greedy, vain, and vicious women who will stop at nothing to retain their youth and beauty. Their performances are absolutely side-splitting.
It is not Bruce Willis' best movie, but it does show a departure from the usual shoot-'em-ups he is so well known for. He *does* manage to carry off portraying a milquetoast plastic surgeon. However, the movie is not about him; he is just a bone that the two rabid women are snarling so comically over.
The story line is very well done. We see the beginnings of a competition between two women that evolves into a boisterous madness. The interaction is simple, and yet carries an undercurrent of complexity that makes it absolutely delightful.
The special effects used to show the competing shrews conditions are well done and priceless. You may never look at a can of spray paint the same way again!
It is inventive and fiendish. If it doesn't make one laugh, then one is probably... dead.
Highly recommended 1998 DVD version of "Death Becomes Her". It's really worth viewing - possibly by the entire family. As with all films, parents of school age children should probably watch it first to verify it's OK. This comedy movie is quite funny and the special effects are fairly good. It about 2 women (Goldie Hawn & Meryl Streep) who, through a series of events, almost master eternal life with beauty - well, almost. Is it a coincidence that these 2 actresses were selected? The script, actors, extras, make-up, costumes, props, special effects, music, etc. were all very good. At times, it departs from the comedy aspect and provides some pointed questions about life, immortality, fame, riches, and beauty which are worthy of consideration by the viewer. Please note that my reviews are made based on the product. At the time of writing, the seller is completely unknown.
Very Entertaining! Meryl Streep as a "has been" broadway singer. Goldie Hawn as a popular author. Bruce Willis is great as Goldie's husband...for awhile until Meryl Steals him away. Meryl and Goldie's characters discover a secret place where only the "stars" and "famous people" go to keep young and beautiful. No, its not plastic surgery (Willis actually plays a plastic surgeon, this is why the girls really married him) its the "fountain of youth" everything seems grand until the girls discover the nasty side effects of this potion..... crazy characters, sort of a dark comedy. worth watching...worth watching again.