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“Steel Magnolias”: Remake is affecting, genuine

Melissa Hayer Modified: April 24, 2013 at 1:23 pm •  Published: October 4, 2012
Condola Rashad and Queen Latifah star in "Steel Magnolias." - Lifetime Photo
Condola Rashad and Queen Latifah star in "Steel Magnolias." - Lifetime Photo

 

As a general rule, I’m not usually a fan of movie remakes.

But, once in a while, an update comes along worth watching.

Lifetime’s adaptation of “Steel Magnolias” is one of those.

Golden Globe and Grammy Award winner and Academy Award nominee Queen Latifah leads a cast that includes Tulsa native Alfre Woodard, Phylicia Rashad, Condola Rashad, Jill Scott and Adepero Oduye in a contemporary version of the notable play and 1989 film of the same name about the lives and friendship of six women in Louisiana.

Queen Latifah, who also serves as an executive producer of the film, shines in the role of M’Lynn, channeling extreme strength and grace.

Phylicia Rashad portrays Clairee with great poise, while her daughter Condola plays Shelby with considerable fortitude as well.

Woodard is appropriately cantankerous as Ouiser and Scott is effective as the enduring Truvy.

Directed by Kenny Leon (“A Raisin in the Sun”) and adapted for television by Sally Robinson (“Iron Jawed Angels”), this is a faithful and moving interpretation of a beloved story.

“Steel Magnolias” airs at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 on Lifetime.

– Melissa Hayer

mhayer@opubco.com

Follow me on Twitter: @MelissaHayer

Alfre Woodard and Phylicia Rashad are shown in a scene from “Steel Magnolias.” – Lifetime Photo

Queen Latifah in "Steel Magnolias" - Lifetime Photo
Queen Latifah in "Steel Magnolias" - Lifetime Photo

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