Review: The Help
September 15, 2011 • Alex Mueller, Reporter
Filed under Reviews
The Help, a gripping and heart-wrenching story, was written by Tate Taylor (Planet of the Apes) and Kathryn Stockett (Made in Hollywood) and premiered on Aug. 10, 2011. This is a 146-minute drama that will have you, at the very least, teary by the end. Critics rated it as an 8.1 out of 10.
The Help, based on a book by Kathryn Stockett, stars Emma Stone as Skeeter, Viola Davis as Aibileen Clark, Bryce Dallas Howard as Hilly Holbrook, Octavia Spencer as Minny Jackson, and Jessica Chastain as Celia Foote.
Skeeter is a young and determined writer who has a passion for the maids in her community. She wants to get the truth out about what the maids have to endure. She writes a book based on the stories that Aibileen Clark and Minny Jackson tell about what it’s really like to be the Help: raising white children in Mississippi, working as maids, and the abuse they have to suffer. Skeeter experiences the stress of writing about a dangerous topic, giving specific examples of the maids’ daily lives.
I think that this movie was wonderful. I could not take my eyes from the screen throughout the whole movie. There were parts that made me double over with laughter, cry and stare in shock. This movie made me realize what minorities went through during that time period and the injustice of it all.
I highly recommend this movie to anyone who has read the book, is interested in historical fiction, and likes inspirational movies.Share