The Help (2011)

Directed by Tate Taylor

Starring Jessica Chasten, Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Joyce Howard, Octavia Spencer, Sissy Spacek

This is a great movie. I had seen it when it came out but wanted to see it again. Right from the start is heartbreaking to see how these women were treated. When asked how it felt to raise white kids while their own were being taken care of somewhere else. The fact that they worked as a housekeeper to me was not the problem was the attitude of supremacy the white women had towards them.

Skeeter wants to be a writer and she wants to make a story about what it feels like for the black women working for these white families. Aibileen after seeing so much injustice and how they are treated decides to tell her story, Minny soon follows, and then all the maids join to tell their story.

That is a short explanation of what the movie is about. As I said, I saw the movie years ago and loved it back then, but I admit it got me more today. I think it is because it breaks my heart that to this day race is still a clear problem and that black people are treated unfairly. Of course, the time period where this movie is based on it was different than today, but still, racism is still present and many ways.

I like that the movie presents well on both sides, not only through Skeeter, but also Celia who treated Minny with respect and kindness. Hillary who is the real antagonist even by the end we see her in tears as she was confronted by what Aibileen told her. The message I got from the film is one simple fact, no matter the color of the skin we are all the same, people with the same hopes and dreams, people who through hard times. The movie is both touching and funny and it touched on some historic moments like Medgar Evers’s assassination and presidents Kennedy’s.

The performances are great in this film. Emma Stone does a great job as Skeeter as she struggles to overcome what the times dictated a woman should be and pursuing her dream of being a writer. Viola Davis is amazing as Aibileen, she just makes you feel what her character goes through and Octavia Spencer provides the heart of the story and through the character provides a few laughs in between the hard parts. Jessica Chasten is great as Celia, a woman mistreated by the rest of the wives. Bryce Dallas Howard is great as Hilly. The cast I believe were all good in this movie.

I think it tells an important story that I wish could convince people that skin color should not matter and we should all treat others with kindness.

“Imagine all the people Sharing all the world

You may say I’m a dreamer

But I’m not the only one

I hope someday you’ll join us

And the world will be as one”

John Lennon.

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