Lifetime’s recent remake of the 1989 movie, Steel Magnolias, premieres tonight at 9 pm ET. With an all new cast, updated references, and set in 2012, Lifetime’s Steel Magnolias brings a fresh look to the classic movie.
The characters and plot of the movie are identical to the original Steel Magnolias. It centers around a group of female friends from a small parish in Louisiana that spend a lot of time at the hair salon owned by one of them and run out of her small garage. There the women support each other, hassle each other, laugh with each other, and cry together. One of the main characters, M’Lynn (originally played by Sally Field and played in this remake by Queen Latifah), has a daughter Shelby (originally played by Julia Roberts and played in this remake by Condola Rashad) who is a diabetic with a chronic kidney condition. Shelby’s only dream is to marry and have children, something that is difficult with her health.
Just like the original Steel Magnolias, the Lifetime version is full of talented actresses. Aside from Queen Latifah mentioned above, this remake also stars Alfre Woodward as Ouizer and Phylicia Rashad as Clairee. The actress I enjoyed the most was Jill Scott who plays Truvy. I loved every minute she was on the screen.
I was not sure what to expect with this remake. It is hard to take a classic and loved movie and breathe new life into it without constantly being compared to the original. Admittedly, that is what I did while watching Lifetime’s Steel Magnolias. Despite the constant comparison, however, the movie held its own. The all African-American cast was a refreshing change as was the way each actress portrayed her character. Even though it was a remake and even though I knew what would happen from having seen the original, Steel Magnolias reeled me in and held me captive all the way through the climax and to the end.
My advice? If you liked Steel Magnolias, give Lifetime’s version a shot tonight at 9 pm ET. If you have never seen the original Steel Magnolias, you should. In the meantime, though, check out this version. Also, whatever you do, do not forget your Kleenex! Then when you have your composure back, let me know what you thought of this Lifetime’s adaptation.