The Help

The Help is a story of three women – Aibeleen, an African American woman who raises white children like her own: Minny, another African American woman maid whose smart mouth gets her into trouble; and :Skeeter” a white girl who is writer and wants to write about the world. As a writer, she wanted to give voice to the anonymous black maids, and she did.

The movie is set in the early 60’s in Jackson,  Mississippi about upper middle class white families and their African American maids. There are two cultures living side by side and neither is willing to open up. The 60’s is not long ago but the racism specially in the South is appalling. The villains are all the white women of Jackson’s Junior League and their bridge club.

 Eugenia Phelan returns to Jackson, Mississippi from college (Ole Miss) only to be outraged at the way her African American family maid was summarily fired by her mother. She befriended Aibileen, the maid of her friend Hilly, and gets her to talk for the record about what her life as a maid working for a white family. Skeeter came up with the idea of writing an article about maids from their point of view and using their stories. Their stories paint a picture of Southern life in that era. We can see the indignities that they endured.

The movie is very well acted, it is superb from start to finish. The main characters acted their characters very well that they stick with you. Emma Stone played Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan, Viola Davis played Aibileen and Octavia Spencer played Minny. Octavia Spencer’s tart comic timing perks up every scene she’s in. The performance of Bryce Dallas Howard as Miss Hilly, a college friend of Skeeter, is magnificent.

The Help is a pretty good film, one of the best of 2011. This is a feel-good movie with the oppressed maids getting their revenge. The movie presents the voices of strong-willed black women in the South. The movie is an adaptation of the best-selling novel of Kathryn Stockett of the same name. It is written and directed by Tate Taylor.

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17 Responses to The Help

  1. allisonwatnj says:

    This is the breakout movie of Viola Davis and Octavia Spenser, they have become major stars.

  2. Mila Johnson says:

    Love Viola Davis in How to Get Away with Murder, she is really great.

  3. Bailey says:

    Well done Octavia Spencer. You deserve the Oscar for best supporting actress!

  4. Writer Girl says:

    The Help is a movie you want in your collection if you are collecting movies. Great movie!!!. Well acted and great story line.

  5. Anak Anak says:

    One of the best movie of 2011, I hope it will win some awards during Oscar awards.

  6. Stariray says:

    You will cry and laugh watching this movie.

  7. Star Q says:

    Although the movie is sad and dramatic, there were moments that are funny.

    This movie should garner some nods during this award season.

  8. Norma A says:

    What a great movie. Hollywood should make more movies like this.

  9. Mike says:

    The Help should be nominated and should win an award at this years award season. This is one great movie.

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    I went to see The Help twice. I love it, the movie is funny and the writing is so witty.

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