The Help is based on a New York Times best selling book by Katheryn Stockett’s with the same title. The movie stars Emma Stone (“Easy A”) as Skeeter, Viola Davis (“Doubt”) as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny. The three come together to help write the secret stories behind being black maids working for white families. Their plot to expose the truth behind their daily work puts them all at risk. Racial tensions were still soaring in Mississippi, but their life experiences along with their daily struggles is believed to be worth all the risks to stand up for what is right in hopes to break society’s discriminatory standards.
It’s a universal story of hope, pain, and love…I think even today, not specifically with racism, but the way we treat “the help” here in the Gulf is quite similar. I’m not saying we all treat maids in a bad way but there are some that still refuse to recognize that the maids are human too and deserve equal treatment.
I also think it’s sad that some people allow the maids to raise their kids. In the movie, the children are neglected, therefore, are taken care of by ‘the help’ and at one point Aibileen made a comment that the family needs to stop having kids if they can’t take care of them. Which is true, if you can’t handle them, then don’t have them. I know a lot of people who just throw their kids to the maids, to the point where the baby cries for the maid not the mother.
Unfortunately, I can’t say it does the book justice because I haven’t read the book (yes, I’m ashamed) but eventually I will get to it. I think the acting was pretty good. From the characters, I liked Minny & Celia. They were funny to watch, especially how Celia differs from the other ‘white’ ladies. And the chocolate pie bit that Minny did was funny.
Bryce Dallas Howard, who plays Hilly, also did a great job as the evil villain, but I think her character could have been more evil. She didn’t really do a lot of damage, but balanced the good and evil between the ladies.
At times I did feel like it was too soft, like a typical white-versus-black movie that turns up cheery at the end- keeping it PG! But, overall, it was a good movie and I rate it 8/10.