Set during the height of the civil rights movement, The Help focuses on the more upper-class families of the south, and more specifically how they treat “The Help”. The ladies who cook their meals, clean their houses and raise their children.
The Help follows Eugenia ‘Skeeter’ Phelan (Emma Stone), as she returns to home to Jackson after four years of college. Launching back into her own life of bridge games and women’s clubs, she starts to notice the injustices of how The Help is treated. The head of most of the mess in this movie is Miss Hilly Holbrook (Bryce Dallas Howard), and yes, she is as annoying and uppity as her name sounds.
Hilly is the one with influence in this movie. You know, the one girls are afraid of upsetting because they actually want a social life.
Skeeter befriends Aibileen (Viola Davis) and Minny (Octavia Spencer), and decides it’s time that the other part of the equation comes to light. She writes “The Help” to try to bring justice and understanding to The Help.
This movie is a must see.
This movie is one of those movies where people clap at the end and discuss it with the person sitting next to them, whom they’ve never met before.
It has drama, comedy, and several parts where the whole theater just bursts out into applause. The story is heartfelt, inspiring, and thought-provoking… yet somehow remains lighthearted and easy to watch. The two and half hours goes by quickly and it’s one movie that’s worth every cent of the insanely over priced tickets…
Now I just have to go get the book.