This film is a mixed bag. The flashback sequences between the two storylines are a bit cumbersome. In some respects I would have preferred simply having the film provide a single story of Ruth and Idgie. Overall, however, the film came across as effective and picturesque storytelling, though a bit heavy handed at times, especially in connection with the secondary story of Evelyn Couch’s liberation. I thought the locations and photography were excellent and greatly enhanced the presentation of the story, especially the rather iconic dredging of Frank Bennett’s truck out of the lake. On the other hand, I found myself confused at the end of the film as to exactly who Ninny Threadgoode was. In reading a plot summary of the book, she was supposed to have been some sort of orphan who was taken in by the Threadgoode household and then married one of Idgie’s brothers. However, this relationship was never clarified in the film and the ending seemed to suggest that for the film’s purposes, Ninny might actually be Idgie herself as an old woman, a suggestion reinforced by the note and jar of honey freshly left at Ruth’s grave when she and Evelyn pass by.

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