The Help (2011)
The Help Plot Summary:
There is a tendency this year to shoot movie adaptations of the books rather than to present brand new stories. And DreamWorks Studios doesn't seem to deviate from today's norm offering plenty of screen adaptations including Real Steel, War Horse, I Am Number Four and The Help movie. The latter is what we are going to review now, so let's come closer to the subject.
Have you ever tried to see yourself through the eyes of another person? The truth is it's impossible to be objective and in most cases it can be a real surprise, if not a shock, to comprehend how people really treat you. The similar idea is the ground for The Help movie. The events go back to early 1960's, when blacks were nothing else than 'the help' while whites considered themselves a dominating estate. But little did the elite class know what blacks really think about them. Skeeter (Emma Stone) is a young, enthusiastic journalist looking for the issues which most people were blind to. And there were some in her home town Jackson, Mississippi. Skeeter decides to interview black maids and write a book about what they feel towards their employers. One day a blue-sky book titled "The Help" stir a big problem in the town.
Go and watch this movie if:
- you are a drama movie addict
- you are looking for some problematic issues reveled in the movie
- together with enjoyment you also like food for thought in the picture
Unexpectedly but The Help movie gained high success on box office this year. First, this is due to incredible acting that helps in telling the story and keeping your interest through the whole film. Emma Stone as Skeeter, who normally played a wacky teenager before, underwent a kind of transformation to a serious, responsible and purposeful writer. Octavia Spencer as Minny is very humorous while Viola Davis as Aibeleen is extremely emotional yet without overacting. Bryce Howard, Jessica Chastain and the rest of the cast was stunning keeping you involved in the story.
But the acting is not the only best thing here. Good movie is that one that makes you cry, laugh and give you some wisdom. This can be also said about The Help movie. Alongside that swirl of emotions you get while watching it, you also become enriched with good ideas. The movie is very sincere and real and neatly follows the book, though you will certainly find some strict viewers criticizing this adaptation.
The Help is the story with many stories inside. Tale Taylor worked hard to deliver all of them without making a viewer confused with the details. The dialogs are fantastic and they fit with the scenes in the best way. Also the background on the main characters are not what you know at once, they are slowly revealed just to keep you interested.
Upon the whole, this is a nice movie with a strong subject and great portrayal of racial problems of that time period. No need to look for more The Help reviews, simply watch it!
|Genres:||Adaptation | Drama|
|Produced in:||United States|
|Starring:||Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Mike Vogel, Roslyn Ruff, Mary Steenburgen|
|Directed by:||Tate Taylor|
|Produced by:||Chris Columbus, Tate Taylor, Jeff Skoll|
8.1 out of 10 (8,034 votes)
|Running Time:||2 hrs. 17 min.|
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA