Change begins with a whisper.
Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis) is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson (Octavia Spencer) is an African-American maid who has often offended her employers despite her family's struggles with money and her desperate need for jobs; and Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan (Emma Stone) is a young white woman who has recently moved back home after graduating college to find out her childhood maid has mysteriously disappeared. These three stories intertwine to explain how life in Jackson, Mississippi revolves around "the help"; yet they are always kept at a certain distance because of racial lines.
You said to write about what disturbs me, particularly if it bothers no one else.
Kathryn Stockett and Tate Taylor were childhood friends growing up in Jackson, Mississippi. They were both raised by African-American nannies, Tate even says he was raised with two mothers. There's no need to mention where Stockett got her inspiration for writing the 2009 novel, The Help which takes place in 1960s Jackson, or why Tate purchased the film rights for it before it was even published. He would go on to write and direct the film.
I mentioned all that because I no longer see this film as a weak attempt at social commentary on the civil rights movement, but rather a simple tribute…
I think it only fair to say that I fully expected to hate this film as I was predicting an award baiting Message movie that simplified the issue to the point of caricature; and that is exactly what The Help is. What partially saves this from being as self-satisfied as the hideous Blind Side is the quality of the cast which, whilst working with crude and stereotypical characters, deliver fine performances.
Rather than a film highlighting the unseen gross inequalities of 1960s America, The Help is more accurately a film where a modern audience can feel super-duper about how far we’ve come in fifty years. Now it is true that the racial and gender balance has improved (although we are…
I hate it when a film emotionally blackmails me into liking it.
Now where are my tissues, damnit?
Disclaimer: I have not read this book.
Disclaimer Part II: I understand that this film glosses over important civil rights history, is possibly patronising, inaccurate, and full of stereotypes.
Don't care. The performances were fantastic, and it was an entertaining, heartfelt little story.
The Help is not terribly subtle ("You're my real mama, Aibileen."). But it's beautifully acted by a heckuva lot of talented women, young and old, black and white. Davis and Spencer shine, of course, but Emma Stone gets a chance to prove whether she can hang (here's a hint: she can). The film gains massive amounts of energy every time Jessica Chastain comes on screen. And though the main cast is all women, watch for the always-wonderful Leslie Jordan to steal his two scenes as the newspaper editor.
Now I want to read the novel. Or maybe I will just re-read To Kill a Mockingbird.
At first doubts were cast over The Help as it seemed that it, like many others before, would be centred on a hastily produced screenplay as more recent book adaptations are. These films are rushed into production and fail to live up to the reputation of the novel. The screenplay for The Help was not rushed; in fact the timing couldn’t have been better. The script was finished around the same time as the book because the rights to adapt the novel were sold to little known director, and close friend of the author, Tate Taylor back in 2008.
Taylor’s connection with the original author is instantly noticed and his direction and writing replicates the depth and realism of the…
Missed a few bits of the film out but it was 2.5 hours long as it was so understandable really. Made me cry at the end!
This movie took a mediocre and self-righteous book and turned it into something even less appealing.
De wonderen zijn de wereld nog niet uit: de film die zich deze zomer de onverslaanbare keizer aan de Amerikaanse bioscoopkassa's mocht noemen was voor één keer geen migraine-oprispende actiepreut of infantiele prefabanimatie. Meer zelfs, de film in kwestie is een schets van de raciale spanningen in het Mississippi rond het begin van de jaren zestig. Uiteindelijk mag het geen verbazing heten dat deze ‘The help' nét nu de box office aanvoert: in tijden waarin een zwarte president in het Oval Office huist is ‘The help' een urgent, maar zoetgevooisd stukje geschiedschrijving over hoop, verandering en burgerrechten. Kortom... een ‘Forrest Gump' voor de Obama-legislatuur.
Centraal in ‘The help' staat de ambitieuze Eugenia Phelan (‘Skeeter' voor de vrienden) die na haar…
Remarkably and unfortunately safe.
Even though the movie is very stereotypical. I still found the movie to be quite powerful and uplifting . I came into it not expecting a lot from it, but I am not going to lie I'd recommend this movie to others. Emma Stone who has proven herself for lead roles comes through with a great performance along with Viola Davis.
Very interesting and entertaining. It also informs and reflects on recent history as well as current society.
Very interesting film on the novel by Kathryn Stockett. Contemporary "Uncle Tom's Cabin."
Without Emma Stone and Viola Davis performances, I wouldn't have enjoyed at all this hyper-moralist 'panfleto' where all the characters are classified as kind, helpful and clever black maids, or silly, rich, horrible white housewives.
It fails as a suburbia portrait so much that reminds a lot why films like 'Far from heaven' or 'Little children' are so great.