I can't put the word "Help" in the subject line so that is why the subject is not the name of the film.
The Help is a fantastic movie, one of my favorite films of 2011. It takes place during the civil rights movement of the 1960's. The main character Skeeter returns to Mississippi from college determined to be a writer. She lands a columnist job as the person who answers questions about house cleaning type questions. She turns to her best friend's housekeeper Aibileen Clark who has spent her life taking care of prominent southern families. Skeeter then decided to write a book about "The Helps" point of view on taking care of families who don't always treat them very well.
This film has a great balance of dramatic moments and humor. This film is a must see.
I rented it last week, it was entertaining, but I wasn't that blown away by it. The story itself is really good, and very compelling, but it wasn't very memorable from a filmmaking perspective. I don't know, you can call this a jaded or pretentious statement; but if I see a period drama like this, I'm not that impressed unless they actually make the film with a little flair, or stylistic enthusiasm. Like Zodiac, or The Aviator. Don't get me wrong, again, I like the story and the message of The Help. But it was basically a straightforward, blandly told interpretation of a really interesting story. Like The King's Speech. Congratulations on your Best Picture Oscar, The Help!
I did really enjoy seeing Bryce Dallas Howard's character get her comeuppance repeatedly throughout the whole thing. Between this and 50/50, is Bryce Dallas Howard trying to win some sort of World's Biggest B**** Award??
Take away all of the black characters from The Help and what story do you have left?
Young ambitious girl goes to the big city and becomes successful. She returns home and finds the town too small, goes to war against narrow-mindedness, petty social etiquette and injustice, digs up and confronts the family skeletons and is finally emotionally reunited with her dying mother.
Oh... all of the story then? Apart from the shit-eating anecdote (which I admit is the most memorable part).
I get the feeling that The Help didn't want to be one of those "black" films that is really all about white people, but it is.
[andy lewis]"I get the feeling that The Help didn't want to be one of those "black" films that is really all about white people, but it is."
I concur. A little too much about Emma Stone's character as the central story. Then again the whole thing was kind of fluff, so I wouldn't label it so much as a white or black movie, as it is a movie designed to be inoffensive and generically enjoyable by basically anyone who feels like watching it. Much like The Blind Side, Ray, We Are Marshall, Sea Biscuit, Miracle, Remember the Titans, etc. The list can go on for a while...