Sunday, August 14, 2011
Movie Review: The Help
I'm not sure about the book, as I haven't had the pleasure of reading it yet, but this movie had all the characteristics of a timeless classic.
Set in the early 1960's, The Help follows the lives of 3 women who are all facing various life issues in the midst of racial turmoil in southern Mississippi.
Faced with the imminent danger of participating in such a project, Aibileen (played by Viola Davis) and Minny (played by Octavia Spencer) begin to understand the importance of allowing their voices to be heard and ultimately find the courage to join forces with Skeeter (played by Emma Stone).
Meanwhile, Hilly Holbrook (played by Bryce Dallas Howard), an ornery, pompous socialite, does everything in her power to keep the blacks in "their place" and ruin the lives of anyone who tries to get in her way.
What I loved about this movie is that it had a very strong message that was well presented through a great storyline. The characters were believable and moving, the scenes played out magnificently, and the movie possessed all of the key elements: drama, humor and substance.
The Help is a great movie for the entire family to see. Not only is there tremendous entertainment value, but there are also a lot of serious discussion points that parents and children alike can explore together.
All in all, this movie gets another enthusiastic 10 spirit-fingers! Go see it and enjoy.
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