Death Becomes Her (1992)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 1992Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , Robert Zemeckis.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Funny, fast-paced black comedy directed with melodramatic verve by Robert Zemeckis, this film succeeds mostly because of its stars.  and  have been best friends and worst enemies all their lives, fighting over the same man (), 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.

Academy Award:  Best Visual Effects

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Actress-Musical/Comedy

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