This was originally a play. I love the actresses in the original and in this film. The acting seems stilted, but more like a play than the original. I don't know why they weren't more relaxed in the acting, but I assume it was because it was a Play Like setting as opposed to a movie. I still enjoyed seeing these actresses, however, I had imagined that they would have had more fun with their roles - maybe had more freedom with expression. Anyway, I am glad I watched the movie.
I liked the movie, but had I not seen the original I would have loved it. When a remake goes scene by scene and line by line from the original it is inevitably going to get compared to its predecessor and this one, while good, is not the masterpiece the original was. What really hurt this movie was the acting...I felt the emotional moment were off and the acting by some (the guy that plays Drum and the girl that plays Annell) were simply atrocious. I love Queen Latifah but she is nowhere near the actress Sally Field is so this role was not right for her...and you can tell this in the emotional scenes. Don't get me wrong it is still a great movie. If you haven't seen the original then you will love it. If you have it is best to put the original out of your mind before watching.