There are those movies that debut and become more than just a film. The Help is one of those movies. It’s not just a movie; it’s an event. The nature of the subject matter is extremely sensitive but once it’s coupled with great acting, the film becomes a phenomena. It’s a captivating, enlightening testament of friendship and perseverance. The film is a wonderfully, entertaining story of a trio of women who form an unlikely bond that transcends race, hate, and discrimination in the process of bringing to light the stories of the domestic help. The film stars Emma Stone (Crazy Stupid Love), Bryce Dallas Howard (Hereafter), Cicely Tyson (Why Did I Get Married Too), Mary Steambergen (The Proposal), Viola Davis (Knight and Day), Octavia Spenser (Dinner for Schumks), and Sissy Spacek (Four Christmases).
The Help is a multifaceted extravaganza that delivers an riveting perspective on racial injustice and discrimination. It’s a movie lover’s movie; one that reminds you why you love film. It’s a gripping narrative that is based on the events that brought together the creation of a book that was based on the real life accounts of some negro women who aspired beyond racial discrimination and intolerance to voice their struggles during the civil rights movement of the 1960’s. The film is based on the events that were brought to life in the best-selling book by Kathryn Stockett that was released in 2009. The book told the true life stories of maids in the south during the civil rights in the 1960’s south Jackson, Mississippi. One woman’s efforts to bring to light the daily trials and tribulations of the maids of the rural south. The book serves as a lightening rod to spark a unifying sentiment that shines above the evil racial injustices of a community. The story of the domestic help is an enlightening journey into the past.
The Help is a multifaceted tale that has a number themes embedded within this story of Afro-American maids and their unwavering strength and indomitable determination of spirit. It’s a compelling tale that showcases the intolerant state of the racial inequality of in the 1960‘s. The film is depicts all of the racial hatred, slurs, and dialogue that fueled discrimination. An excellent watch as it exhibits two facets of life in the racially biased south. On one hand it shows the underappreciated negro help that helped raise the children who became the women to persecute and perpetuate same level of hate on them. On the other hand, it also shows the Caucasian women who were sympathetic to Afro-American as well as the fake facade that they had to use in order to deal with the bigots who hated Blacks.
The cast of the film delivers a number of powerful, dynamic performances. Each member of the cast is fantastic. Emma Stone delivers another great performance as she is brings her own pizzazz and spunk to the character. Viola Davis as Abelean Clark is the backbone of the feature and should easily win an Academy Award for this film. Anything short of that is a travesty. In addition to Davis great performance, Octavia Spenser matches her with a superb performance as Minnie Jackason.
The Help is an exceptional film. It’s a film that tends to make you feel better about life. It’s a must see and a modern classic just like Roots and other timeless classics that showcase the strength of the Afro-American spirit as they have struggled and persevered beyond the confines of racial prejudice. It is easily one of the best films of the year. A can’t miss, must see film. There are endless things to say about this movie but I’ll end it by saying SEE IT.