Bedazzled: Wish and Alison

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Meghan Perrone
English 102
03/05/2013

A Critical Review of the movie “Bedazzled”

The movie “Bedazzled”, based upon a screenplay written by Peter Cook and directed by Harold Ramis, is the story of hopelessly desperate Elliot Richards. Richards is in love with his co-worker, Alison Gardner, and makes a deal with the devil for his soul in exchange for seven wishes. Elliot uses his wishes to become a man that Alison would find attractive. But the pursuit of the audience that wishes granted are not always wishes fulfilled and that one should be careful what they wish for. It is through the illustration of the wishes in this movie that we see this point. In the movie “Bedazzled”, directed by Harold Ramis and based on a screenplay written by Peter Cook, a hopelessly desperate Elliott Richards reveals himself to have a 4-year long crush on his co-worker Alison Gardner, and makes a deal with the devil for his soul in exchange for seven wishes in hopes that he can win the love of his crush. The seven wishes represent Elliot’s ideas of what Alison wants in a man, but the pursuit of these wishes shows that one should be careful what they wish for. Wishes granted are not always wishes fulfilled. It is through the illustration of the wishes in this movie that we see this point.

Elliot wishes to be rich and powerful. “I wish that I was married to Alison and to be very very rich and powerful.” With his wish granted, the audience witnesses Elliot awakening next to the woman of his dreams inside their luxurious home. Elliot is briefly ecstatic with his situation but soon discovers that his wife does not love him. “I despise you. I loathe the very thought of you. I hate everything about you.” The wish further unravels when Elliot learns the source of his wealth and power through a visit to his “factory” and a brief sampling of a strange white powder. “Oh Shit! I’m a Columbian drug lord!”

The audience is treated to a stereotypical representation of a professional...
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