Hi folks! Today, I bring to you another special post… a guest post by the talented Adrian Urbina! He runs the super cool blog Movie Roll, where he writes about all things movie related. You should definitely check it out! Anyways, as you guys already know, I’m a huge fan of the lovely Julia Roberts, so I requested a review of her famous movie Steel Magnolias. Made in 1989 might I add, which makes it the same age as me!
So now, without further adiue, here is the wonderful Adrian.
Movie Review: Steel Magnolias
No other movie has shown what friendship is all about in moments of loss and hardship, demonstrating friends aren’t only there for the peaks in life, but they also accompany through all the valleys due to unconditional love the way Steel Magnolias presented it back in 1989.
The movie is based on the play of the same title, also written by Robert Harling who inspired the story out of his sister’s death caused by diabetes.
It centers on a group of six particular and different women who live in a small town in Louisiana that, through the years, have to deal and adapt to mental and physical changes of the other members of the group, especially when the youngest of the group, a diabetic to whom the doctors advised not to have children, gets pregnant.
Steel Magnolias kicks off as a comedic tale of friendship that leads to a terrible tragedy. It basically has you laughing one minute and crying the next one. The story is wonderfully paced and crafted, giving each character their distinct voice and personality, allowing the cast to shine in each of their roles. No matter how small it is.
The film mixes various aspects of melodrama and blends it with slight brushes of comedy to produce one of the most popular movies of the 1980’s.
Herbert Ross makes the most out of the screenplay he was given to work with and makes an incredible adaptation from its original source. The entire direction stays consistent throughout the entire 117 minutes of running time and keeps audiences hooked with the fluidity and authenticity of the dialogue.
Despite having small flaws the movie still soared perfectly thanks to the passionate performances by the leads specifically Julia Roberts and Sally Field, whose mother-daughter relationship reminds us that one day our loved ones might be sitting by our sides and the next day we might be at their funeral. The movie reveals fundamental aspects of life and how it can take a 180 degrees twist in a matter of seconds.
The title is a perfect fit for the story as it portrays the entire theme of the movie, that women can be as delicate as the magnolia flower and as hard as steel at the same time.
Steel Magnolias is a wonderful example of what the impact of a well-made story has because it doesn’t have any special effects or big budget extravaganzas, instead it opts to be a personal and touching film that is, essentially, a bunch of people talking about their feelings and gossiping most of the time resounding to all audiences because we are all, essentially as well, a bunch of people talking and gossiping most of the time. The movie is a breath of fresh air, since its simplicity is a distinctive aspect of the film and it promises to surprise you every time, because even though you’ve seen it a hundred times it still hits a chord in all of our hearts as it wraps up with the closure of the circle of grief, reminding us that’s the natural circle of life and that sooner or later we all go back to where we come from. That our life in this world is only momentary, because when one dies all that is left is our legacy, our spirit and the influence made on everyone around us.
About Movie Roll
Movie Roll is a blog managed by writer and editor Adrian Urbina that focuses on bringing fresh ideas about the entire movie industry. Posting about the latest and most relevant news, curious facts, screenwriting advice and movie reviews, it sure is the go-to site for passionate cinephiles who are hungry to find out more about the seventh art.
There ya have it! Wonderful, isn’t he? His writing made me want to see the movie Wonder Woman, which definitely would usually not be my cup of tea. Hope ya enjoyed the post! Be sure to tune in again within the next few days when I write about another cooking class I went to!
Have an amazing long weekend, guys!