Tuesday, May 3, 2016

HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT: Death Becomes Her


Hit me with your best shot is back again this week with a film starring 3 of the biggest names in Hollywood. In 1992, director Robert Zemeckis struck casting gold with Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn and Bruce Willis playing the leads in his Tinseltown comedy "Death Becomes Her". The fantasy plot follows Streep and Hawn as a pair of rivals who tirelessly, and successfully, seek eternal youth in an effort to one up each other, while Willis plays the man caught in the middle of their squabbles.

Unfortunately, despite the committed performances of these fine actors, I found the film to be a bit of a trifle, wasting a fascinating premise on a slapstick plot that doesn't really go anywhere. As such, I didn't find much thematic depth to ponder for the purposes of this Best Shot exercise.

However, I did find one image that I loved, which recalls a more substantive film with a fairly similar premise about desperate aging actresses - "Sunset Boulevard". If you've seen that seminal classic, you'll know exactly what this shot references...


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