The Help

An interesting film to revisit. I think the worst thing about the film is not so much that it was catered to white people but that white people in the film are supposed to be seen as heroes for doing so little. A white American can walk away and feel pretty good about themselves. The system of maids and domestic servants is never deconstructed or challenged throughout the film. The system is still in place at the end of the film but we are made to believe that something, and we are not clear what, has changed for the better. Hopefully, people watching this now can realize the White Savior lens the film gives and that they'll go and watch films made by actual black filmmakers with black voices.