Movie Review: The Help (2011)

At the dawn of the civil rights movement, three Mississippi women are about to take one extraordinary step. Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss and her mother won’t be happy till she finds a husband. Aibileen, a wise African-American maid and caretaker suffers after the loss of her own child. And Minny, Aibileen’s sassy best friend, struggles to find and hold a job. Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk.  Release Date: August 10th, 2011

Stars: Emma Stone, Viola Davis , Bryce Dallas Howard and Octavia Spencer

My Review:

If you’re looking for a good southern movie with a bit of history then this is the one you want.  The help is well written, directed and produced.  The story of the maids vs rich women is entertaining, heartfelt, funny and Oscar worthy.   The help shows how life was lived in the 60’s.  Maids were a rich woman right hand.  They pretty much did everything and anything that would need to be done to take care of a household and the children that lived in it.  One of the first scenes is with Viola Davis, she is taking care of a little blonde girl and they show the strong connection the two have, which is a lot stronger than the little girl has with her own mother.  Emma Stone decided she wants to write a book about the maids and all the things they go through.  Of the best scenes in the movie involves a pie and the evil Hilly Holbrook played by Bryce Dallas Howard (Ron Howards daughter). I won’t tell you what happens because it will ruin all the fun when you get to see it first hand.  The help is a kind of a deep movie so you need to be in the mood to actually pay attention.  This movie reminds me of Forrest Gump, Cast Away, or What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.  After you watch it, you sit back and think “wow, that was a really good movie”  This is a must see! so go out and buy it on DVD asap!

My Rating:A+

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