Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. USA, 1992. Universal Pictures. Screenplay by Martin Donovan, David Koepp. Cinematography by Dean Cundey. Produced by Steve Starkey, Robert Zemeckis. Music by Alan Silvestri. Production Design by Rick Carter. Costume Design by Joanna Johnston. Film Editing by Arthur Schmidt. Academy Awards 1992. Golden Globe Awards 1992.
Funny, fast-paced black comedy directed with melodramatic verve by Robert Zemeckis, this film succeeds mostly because of its stars. Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn have been best friends and worst enemies all their lives, fighting over the same man (Bruce Willis), until both end up dead but still alive because of a magic potion they’ve taken to make them live forever. Now, they’re stuck cat-fighting forever and looking for a way to stay preserved. Isabella Rossellini is a hoot as the enchantress who sells them the potion, while Willis is the soft, bald man and not the action hero of the Die Hard movies. Martin Donovan and David Koepp’s script never fails to be anything less than ‘out there’ and Zemeckis keeps the drive going the whole way. The visual effects are another plus, with the actresses’ heads getting twisted, stomachs blown out and many such delightful moments of carnage, and they survive it all. No classic, but a very fun film.