The tagline used in The Movie The Help. This weekend, my daughter and niece had a girls night out…well more like girls night in. They both wanted to see the movie nominated for four Oscars~ The Help, a movie based on a best-selling novel written by Kathryn Stockett~which surprised me as usually they want to see something like Bridesmaids or Chick Flick.
Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, Skeeter (Stone) is a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends’ lives — and a Mississippi town — upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen (Davis), Skeeter’s best friend’s housekeeper, is the first to open up — to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community. Despite Skeeter’s life-long friendships hanging in the balance, she and Aibileen continue their collaboration and soon more women come forward to tell their stories — and as it turns out, they have a lot to say. Along the way, unlikely friendships are forged and a new sisterhood emerges, but not before everyone in town has a thing or two to say themselves when they become unwittingly — and unwillingly — caught up in the changing times. Written by Walt Disney Pictures
On Rotten Tomatoes by Flixter there are some good realistic reviews. I included one below.
Tom Long from the Detroit News “Appalling, entertaining, touching and perhaps even a bit healing. The Help is an old-fashioned grand yarn of a film, the sort we rarely get these days”.
MY REVIEW The cast in particular did an amazing job in my opinion. I especially enjoyed Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, well actually all of them played their particular characters most impressively and very believable. The setting was believable, I just thought the movie in whole was done very well and I am not surprised it is up for many awards. Of course the fact that is based on civil rights doesn’t surprise me either that it came up for awards. But it was a part of history I really never thought about or knew. Put it into perspective for me. I hope it wins something.