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The original film "Steel Magnolias" is undeniably beloved by many. To be sure, it's emotionally manipulative (that's the nature of the piece and why I don't love it) but it succeeds with an A-list cast, over-the-top Southern charm, and tart quotable dialogue. To think that with the original team of ladies (Sally Field, Olympia Dukakis, Dolly Parton, Darryl Hannah, and Shirely Maclaine), it was Julia Roberts who was a relative unknown at the time. Roberts' Shelby was a bit too much of a saint for my taste, but she picked up a nod for Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars.Read more ›
It seems like the makers of this film identified some of the same weaknesses in the original as I did. In particular, the remake fleshes out some of the male characters and gives them more of a voice. Of course Steel Magnolias is the quintessential chick flick, but I don't think it is fair to cast a bunch of men and give them very little to do but make the occasional crude remark. The men in the new version, particularly Jackson and Drum, are (at least sometimes) smart, caring, compassionate men who are not afraid to show their love for the women in their lives. They have real conversations. They help their women. It was an interesting choice to essentially remove Spud from the remake - his character was the most appealing male in the original.
I also like the treatment of some of the campier dialogue from the original. It is toned down or removed entirely. Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis are actresses who attack a bad joke with gusto. Queen Latifah, Phylicia Rashad, Alfre Woodard approach their characters organically. I was especially interested to see how Queen Latifah would handle M'Lynn's "aria" from the cemetery scene. I found it to be very pleasing and quite possibly an improvement on the original. Setting this speech in the beauty shop was smart.Read more ›
An All-Black remake of Steel Magnolias is such a perfect idea! This version is updated but still holds true to its theme of friendships among women--a theme that crosses racial lines. I, personally, found it a little more emotional especially the scenes with Shelby and M'Lynn after the former's kidney failure.
Kudos to Lifetime and this great cast for remaking this wonderful story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Whose idea was this? Don't get me wrong. I like all of these ladies but this movie has got to go. Why would you change to an African American cast to read the same exact lines... Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. Fields
I dreaded it coming out when I was seeing the advertisements for it... The real thing didn't improve my opinion...Published 2 months ago by FirefightersWife
Can't compare with the original movie, disc in very good condition.Published 2 months ago by salvador
My moms favorite movie has always been steel magnolias, when I seen this one ith queen latifah I had to buy it for her. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amber Lawson
It was a good movie and a good remake of a classic. I think the actors were well chosen but I think Queen Latifah was a bit young for her role.Published 4 months ago by James
I really want to love this movie but I just can't - its as if everyone is on fast forward. Southern people speak a lot slower and this movie version seems so forced and rushed. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tommy