Books and Movies Reviews

Fried Green Tomatoes

In "Fried Green Tomatoes" a woman named Evelyn Couch (Kathy Bates) is going through a mid-life crisis.She gains strength through a story told by Ninny Threadgoode (Jessica Tandy).The story takes place in a small town in Alabama called Whistle Stop.The story is filled with good drama, comic relief, murder, cannibalism, and a star studded cast of award winning actresses such as Jessica Tanndy, Kathy Bates, and Cicely Tyson.The book was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1987 and the film was nominated for a few awards itself.
The setting of this story plays an important role in the characters, and their roles in society.The time frame is around the 1990's and flashbacks to the 1930's.In the nineties, there was a strong movement of women and their strength.This is well played out by the over weight, ignored Evelyn Couch.In the thirties, there was a strong use of slavery, especially being in the Deep South.In both timeframes, the women in these stories stand-up and say enough is enough.Evelyn stands up to Ed Couch, and Idggy stands up for Big George in the courts, and stands to Frank Bennett.
A very important scene happens early in the film.The scene after the wedding is were Ruth (Mary-Louise Parker) and Idggy (Mary Stuart Masterson)first come together.It also establishes the closeness between Idggy and Buddy, which, after his death, really sets her character and her rebellion.As there walking along the lake they give a good camera angle of Idggy grabbing Ruth's hand.This is the true beginning of what is to come.The director also gave a great camera angle as Buddy had grabbed the hat and had his foot stuck.You here the train whistle, and can see the train approaching in the background.This gives a sense of real urgency and a rush of adrenalin.There is also a great effect at the closing of the scene, when young Idggy screams with an echoing af


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