The Help

Change begins with a whisperThe Help

The movie is based on the best seller The Help by Kathryn Stockett.  The main story surrounds the relationships between high class white women and their African American maids that work for them in a southern town in Jackson, Mississippi in the early 1960’s.

I haven’t read the book, but someone who did told me the character ware true to the those in the book. The movie is filled with outstanding performances and a fine script, even 60’s scenery felt so vivid.

This film engages the audience from the very beginning with a powerful, meaningful and fun story that balances drama and comedy very well. This story is a melodrama because of the struggles of the African Americans had to endure against the harsh treatment given by the Americans.

Even though the story is quite good, I think the movie was too bright when it comes to real facts of the racism African Americans were subjected to during that time, this is maybe because the movie was made for the audience, after all is not a documentary. The story merely touches the surface of racial injustice and everything those people had to go through.

In every story of inequality there is always somebody who wants to make the difference; besides one of the main character, Skeeter the young strong-will ambitious girl there was another strong character, Celia F.

By far my favorite scene was when Minny (a maid) found a new employer Celia F. who needs help because she recently got married and she has no idea of how to cook, how to be a wife among other things, and she as an American acknowledged Manny’s help not having a problem with Minny’s been an African American. This also was a lesson for Minny, it taught that no everybody thinks and behave the same way.

I loved the movie.

Definitely worth the watching.

“Courage sometimes skips a generation. Thank you for bringing it back to our family.” Charlotte Phelan.

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2 Responses to “The Help”
  1. nucity says:

    I’m going to watch this movie.
    Your review made me remember The Color Purple. Have you seen it?.

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