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Death Becomes Her

Year: 1992
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Cast: Bruce Willis, Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn, Isabella Rosselini, Sydney Pollack
Robert Zemeckis had perfected a very distinct flavour of adventure comedy in Hollywood, with the likes of the Back to the Future Series and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?.

Death Becomes Her had similar touches, but it was altogether darker, more sarcastic and more adult than any of his other films, and somewhat paved the way for him to be taken more seriously and allowed to grow into big-hitting directorial jobs like Forrest Gump and Cast Away that put him firmly on the A list.

Broadly, it's a job at the quest for eternal youth, with side digs at the fatuous rivalries between the rich and powerful. Willis, Hawn and Streep play three members of an constantly morphing love triangle and the two women are lifelong rivals for his affection.

They all learn about a magic potion that delivers the famed fountain of youth, and it sends them into a spin to get their hands on it, the two women fighting to give each other the comeuppance they deserve, Willis the poor unknowing sap in the middle trying to hold things together (sometimes literally).

There are some classic scenes and it gets more freewheeling and joyously ridiculous as it goes along and together with some groundbreaking computer effects for the early nineties, it was funny, clever, and as dark as promised.

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