1987 Movie vs 2014 Movie
Both movies were heavy on the melodrama and played like one of those old soapy TV mini-series that used to air in the 1980s. The saving grace of the original FLOWERS is the great performance by Louise Fletcher. She anchored what was a very dull movie that removed all of the envelope pushing that made the V.C. Andrews novel such a sensation.
The remake tries to add more dimension to The Grandmother character by showing fleeting moments of caring and giving her the weakness of claustrophobia. Those changes were ill-advised with Burstyn in the role because she already was less than formidable just based on her age and physical demeanor. Fletcher was a statuesque harridan…Burstyn looked like your favorite meemaw.
The one area that the remake totally trumps the original is that it actually kept in the incest storyline. That was a major part in the book series with generational incest being
one of the primary themes throughout the series. The remake handled it as reserved and tastefully as they can even though it did come across a bit like the romance on one of those ABC Family teen dramas but at least they didn’t punk out like the original did.
I do give the original points for a better ending than the remake. While ti was a bit farfetched in the way it played out, having Cathy confront her mother and seeing Corrine get her comeuppance was necessary to make the movie feel complete. The remake seemed to have been made with the idea of future installments based on the other books in the series so the ending was a bit of an anticlimax and left things far too vague.
Advantage: FLOWERS ’14