Thursday, May 1, 2014

Movie Review: Steel Magnolias (Original)

by M. J. Joachim

The classic movie, Steel Magnolias, showcases some rare and established talent in the the film industry. With stars like Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Dolly Parton and Tom Skerritt to name a few, this movie couldn’t miss, and was bound to stand the test of time.

Character interaction and dialog sets the scene for ann intriguing tale of love, betrayal, fight, flight and destiny. (Sorry, no spoiler alerts here. If you haven’t seen it, you simply must find the time to do so.)

As writers, it’s important to let our characters reveal themselves through their actions and interactions with others. Steel Magnolias does an amazing job of letting us get to know the characters intimately and personally, as opposed to telling us about them, describing, explaining and justifying who they are and why they do what they do. Instead, we become observers in a story about a community’s real life, and we get to decide how to feel, based on what we’ve learned.

Can’t thank you enough for stopping by and commenting today, and look forward to seeing you again real soon.

M. J.

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