Re-Viewed: Death Becomes Her

There are many things the gay community do not agree on, who’s the queen of pop, who the hottest One Direction member is, but on this we can universally agree on is: every gay person should see this movie. Happy #ThrowbackThursday!

Robert Zemeckis may be a household name for directing the Back To The Future trilogy, Cast Away, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? but there is one film he’ll forever be a legend for in our eyes and that is Death Becomes Her.

The film focuses on rivals Madeline Ashton (Meryl Streep) and Helen Sharp (Goldie Hawn) that intensifies once Ashton steals the latters fiancé Ernest Menville (Bruce Willis), which pretty much makes it a classic already.


Madeline is a Broadway actress, struggling with the thought of ageing, who marries Ernest before realising she is woefully unhappy and unsatisfied, while her career struggles.

Helen having been jilted winds up morbidly overweight in a mental institute, holding onto her anger for Madeline.

Seven years later the pair meet again after Helen invites the couple to her book launch party, to Madeline’s chagrin she is slim, beautiful and successful.

Dismayed, and feeling insecure Madeline seeks the same help as her foe in the form of an anti-aging potion from mysterious Lisle von Rhoman. The two are now immortal, and hilarious hi-jinx ensue.


The two attempt to kill one another repeatedly, take the leading man for themselves, all while staying under the radar of the authorities.

The dialogue is wonderfully catty, the characters malicious yet hilarious, and the story full of camp twists and turns.

The picture even won an Academy Award for best visual effects, while they may not be as believable decades later, they are still a marvel to see, a Tim Burton style magnificence.


The only thing better than these two butting heads, are these two working as a twisted pair, a true force to be reckoned with.

The pair make a witty, smart, beautiful and downright evil pair that truly carry the film from kitschy movie to a cinematic masterpiece. A true must see (multiple times) for any gay.


Our Verdict Is: 8/10 perfect for any occasion. Black comedy full of high camp and coolness.

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