Based on Kathryn Stockett best selling eponymous book, The Help was directed by Tate Taylor and stars Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Chris Lowell, Jessica Chastain, Mike Vogel, Anna Camp, Allison Janney & Bryce Dallas Howard.
Premise: Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, Skeeter (Stone) is a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends’ lives – and a Mississippi town – upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen (Davis), Skeeter’s best friend’s housekeeper, is the first to open up – to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community. Despite Skeeter’s life-long friendships hanging in the balance, she and Aibileen continue their collaboration and soon more women come forward to tell their stories – and as it turns out, they have a lot to say. Along the way, unlikely friendships are forged and a new sisterhood emerges, but not before everyone in town has a thing or two to say themselves when they become unwittingly – and unwillingly – caught up in the changing times.
Review: in my opinion, The Help is a nice introduction to how women were treated/perceived in the 1960s, and more importantly a good way to instigate a conversation about the civil’s right movements with young kids because this movie touches these subjects without getting too deep into it. It’s the Disney version – meaning it’s not gritty and raw – it’s neat and clean, meant to not offend anybody but the everything is there even when it’s only hinted.
The movie’s long, over 2h30, but it has a lot of ground to cover and before I looked it up I didn’t even thought it was that long. It can only mean that it is a smooth experience. I don’t mean smooth as in it’s a blend, monotonous movie because it’s not, you are pulled into the story and get emotionally invested without getting too riled up – it’s Disney after all.
The source material is good but the cast really did an amazing job. Each and everyone of them portrayed their character, however stereotypical some of them might have been, brilliantly. It was simply great ensemble that director.
Giving how successful The Help was my guess is most of you have seen it. SO let me know what you think?