I can recall as a child having adults say things to me like 'wow, you have grown so much,' and 'enjoy your youth it doesn't last very long', and I never really understood the magnitude of any of that until I hit my forties.
Now I understand, because things are starting to happen. I am seeing my nieces and nephews growing up, getting hitched and having children. I am also seeing that now that all of my grandparents have past on, my own parents have become the 'old' ones, and that I have stepped into their shoes to be the 'older' generation. This is a somewhat frightening reality because I really don't feel older, but I do distinctly recall thinking that my parents and aunts and uncles were really old, when in reality they were only in their forties and fifties.
In light of all of this, it is probably fair to say that my own nieces and nephews now see me as old. What a horrific thought! Old! Blah, no-one wants to be seen as old, but it is completely and utterly unavoidable. It just sneaks up on you, one day you're the one getting your license and learning about the world and the next you're spending your Sunday afternoons knitting on the couch and baking, which is exactly what I did today!
Oh God, I have transitioned, I am getting older, I am one of the older generation. Well, I can accept that, I will just have to opt for being the extremely good looking and most fun oldie of them all, that I can live with.
Release Date: 1992
Running Time: 104 mins
This fantasy-comedy directed by Robert Zemeckis was unfairly hammered by critics for it's screwball antics and utterly implausible story line, interestingly enough, they were the very reasons that I enjoyed this movie so much. It's absolutely crazy, and the characters and events are so exaggerated that it is clearly not demanding to be taken seriously; Death Becomes Her is all nonsense and loads of good fun.
Madeline the actress (Meryl Streep) and Helen the writer (Goldie Hawn) have been rivals every since Madeline stole Helen's fiance Ernest (Bruce Willis). However, when Helen turns up years later looking svelte and youthful, Madeline smells a rat and soon discovers that there is an elixir of eternal youth that is causing Helen's transformation. Madeline wants in, and before long the two are going head to head in an attempt to stay youthful and win over Ernest.
The effects in this were pretty ground breaking in their time, and Death Becomes Her took out the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects in 1993. There is an all star and highly reputable cast at play here, and I think that what it lacks in story line it makes up for in laughs. Don't be deterred by the critics, Death Becomes Her is a highly entertaining comedy with a valuable message about the pitfalls of never wanting to get old.
FINAL SAY: Forever young.
3 Chili Peppers