For this week Nathanial asked us to choose a best shot from Robert Zemeckis 92' classic Death Becomes Her. For me the choice was easy:
Mad and Hal (Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn, both absolutely fantastic and hilarious here) are both incredibly vain women who drink the potion that makes them young and immortal. The catch is that they have to take care of their bodies because they cannot regenerate. At the end of the movie it is evident that Mad and Hal failed at that - they both use paint to cover up the blemishes and they both look terrible.Then at the end of the movie they fall off the stairs and shatter into pieces.But they are still alive because the potion made them immortal.
I always thought this was one of the best, scariest, darkly comical endings. Imagine - being unable to die, shattered into pieces, looking awful, being a freak of nature. The funny and a tragic bit is that Mad and Hal are basically all of that even before they fall off the stairs - they attend the funeral of a character played by Bruce Willis who died but before that lived a whole, happy life, surrounded by friends and family. And while Hal and Mad are immortal they only have each other. And they hate each other.
Death Becomes Her is not just brilliant in that ending - the whole movie is practically criminally underrated and yet it is still, to this day so biting, clever and amusing. And how often a movie that is more than 20 years old can still astonish with visual effects? But it's that ending, that scary, disturbing and funny ending that is the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of that film.
(for TheFilmExperience HWYBS series)