Reviewing The Help

This is the third movie in a row that I watch a movie that I love, and it’s yet another movie I can’t wait to share with you. The reason why I loved The Help is because it’s simply beautiful and empowering in its own unique way and, most importantly, it’s a story about a revolution that was much needed in the 1960s. And what I also need to mention is the amount of absolutely gorgeous women in the movie! I have never seen so many beautiful and classy actresses in one movie. Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ahna O’Reilly, Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis… All stunning ladies.

The Help is set in  Jackson, Mississippi during the 1960s and we follow Skeeter, an aspiring journalist who wants to write about the relationship of the black maids with the Southern society. Skeeter turns to Aibileen, a black maid who decides to help and tell her story to the young aspirant. After another maid Minny is unfairly fired, she decides to tell her story too and, eventually, other maids from the society decide to open up. Skeeter publishes her book called The Help that contains the stories of the maids and the high society of Jackson changes forever.

The Help is a movie that deals with another aspect of segregation, which is a subject we have seen in many movies. However, the racism is kept to a minimum and intolerance is not reflected too often, which is refreshing. The movie is powerful enough to show and present an ugly side of humanity that was simply ignored back in the 60s. Honestly, how many rich white people cared about their maids’ past and their points of view? This movie shows that it takes one strong person to stand up for the weak minority and provide them with a voice. Aibileen and Minny are occasionally treated like dirt but, despite everything, they manage to form strong friendships with people they work for, and that goes to show that you should never judge a book by its cover. And I love that! Although the subject of the movie is pretty serious and heavy, the movie is everything but heavy. It’s very easy to watch and it contains humor, heart warming moments, and happiness.

Emma Stone’s performance was great but she got upstaged by Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer who were phenomenal. However, in my humble opinion, Bryce Dallas Howard was close to perfect as the racist Hilly as her performance was so convincing and she easily makes you despise her more than anything. The Help is a movie about voicing the truth behind an awful reality and about the courage to take a step toward a change. It’s a movie with many good qualities that justify its 8.0 score on IMDb, but it has some flaws, too. I know enough about American history to know that times were harder than portrayed in the movie. They mention danger from time to time and we even witness it very shortly but I am certain that, back in the 60s, it was more dangerous and tougher than it seems in The Help. Although it is not a brutal movie, it should have shown the brutality of the 1960s in Mississippi. Overall, it is a good movie with a very good and powerful story about heroic actions during a time where that kind of stuff was pretty risky. Therefore, my rating of this movie will be 4 out of 5 clapperboards as it did not disappoint me the slightest, it was just a tad too long, so make sure you have enough time when you decide to see this movie.

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