If anyone mentions Dirty Dancing or Steel Magnolias, I always say it’s my favorite movie. They’re like 1a and 1b for me. I’ve seen them both a million times, and enjoy each like it’s the first time every time I watch.
When I was a kid, I would watch Steel Magnolias every day. My mom would ask why I was watching it again. It’s so sad, she would say. It is, but it’s also hilarious was always my response.
I love Steel Magnolias so much that I read the play it’s adapted from. No, I didn’t see the play. I read the play. That’s love.
Last week, Lifetime released the trailer for its all-black remake of Steel Magnolias. I knew they were making it. I just wasn’t sure what my reaction should be. And I’m still not.
As a general rule, I don’t see the point in remakes, especially when the remake adheres so strictly to the original. But then I think of a remake that I do enjoy and I wonder if I’m being too harsh.
I saw the original Parent Trap with Hayley Mills as a kid because it was mentioned several times in The Babysitters Club. Then Lindsay Lohan’s version was released, and I enjoy it almost as much as the original. They changed just enough the story to make it seem fresh, but still remain faithful and respectful to the original.
But then we have the Footloose remake. I haven’t seen it, but I did see the trailer, and it didn’t look like they had changed anything beyond the choreography, which begged the question – what was the point? I haven’t felt compelled to watch it. Perhaps I’m being too harsh, but from the outside looking in, that’s how it looked.
So when I saw the link on Twitter for the Steel Magnolias trailer, I hesitated for a few seconds and then clicked. What would I get? Similar, but different enough or the same thing?
Have I mentioned that I’ve seen Steel Magnolias a million times? There are only a handful of movies for which I can recite most of the dialogue.
So, yeah, that trailer? At least 95% of the dialogue is the same, which begs the question – what’s different from the original version that made a remake a necessity?
Yeah, they changed the characters to be black, but is that really enough of a difference to justify a new movie? I guess I should reserve judgment until I see it. Maybe they will surprise me.
And I will be watching if only to see what they did to my favorite movie. I won’t be able to help myself.
Which I guess is the reason Lifetime made the movie in the first place.