Fried Green Tomatoes Evelyn Couch is having trouble in her marriage, and no one seems to take her seriously. While in a nursing home visiting relatives, she meets Ninny Threadgoode, an outgoing old woman, who tells her the story of Idgie Threadgoode, a young woman in 1920’s Alabama. Through Idgie’s inspiring life, Evelyn learns to be more assertive and builds a lasting friendship of her own with Ninny.
Storytelling at Its Best
Fried Green Tomatoes I enjoyed this movie immensely. This is one of the best examples of storytelling that I have seen. The structure of the movie – alternating between the past and present, with multiple intertwining plots – keeps the viewer hooked on how the story will unfold. It unfolds gracefully and is enjoyable throughout.
The acting is exceptional. Mary Stuart Masterson and Mary Louise Parker carry the bulk of the acting load. They are fantastic. The relationship between these very different young women is complex and satisfying.
Since the movie is about women and the female roles are so strong, this movie has been dubbed a “chick flick”, but that pejorative is unfair. This is good film making and those who like plot-driven cinema will enjoy this immensely. This one is in my DVD collection.
A Beautiful Film
This is truly a beautiful film.
Well written and superbly acted it tugs at the heartstrings harder than almost any other movie. The way it sets up an obvious story line and then like a gentle roller-coaster suddenly takes you in another direction is unequalled in this type of film.
There are so many points of genuine sadness and whenever you think you have guessed the story you suddenly turn to find an outcome more surprising than you thought.
Major characters die, major characters do not “fall in love” and major characters are not allowed to cop-out; it is as a film should be.
Remarkable well written, produced with care and acted with understatement and love – it is a beautiful film.