Directed by: Tate Taylor
Starring: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Jessica Chastain, Sissy Spacek
The new Dreamworks film, The Help, starring Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jessica Chastain and Allison Janney will leave its mark on you in more ways than one, it\’s a beautiful and confronting film that is a must see on everyone\’s movie list for 2011.
Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling novel by Kathryn Stockett (2009) the story is set in Mississippi in the 1960\’s when the civil rights movement was starting to make its mark. It follows three very different women who join together in friendship built around a secret writing project that puts them all at risk.
The Help is a stark reminder of the horrors of racism that we would like to think has been left behind; African-American women are paid less than minimum wage and subjected to appalling slave-like conditions as nannies, cleaners and servants for white middle-class families.
The story is based around three main characters and told through the voice of Aibileen (Davis), a third-generation housemaid, who at 53 years old has raised 17 white children in her care. Her best friend Minny (Spencer), a feisty housekeeper and cook gives us some great laughs which are needed when it is so heart-breaking at times and young writer Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan (Stone) who just looks at life without â€˜coloured\’ glasses on.
After returning from College Eugenia takes a job at the Jackson Journal writing a cleaning-advice column, knowing nothing about housework she enlists the help of Aibileen. Skeeter decides that â€˜coloured women\’ have a powerful story to tell and that spurs her on to enlist â€˜The Help\’ to write an anonymous book from their perspective.
Also worthy of a mention is Skeeter\’s eccentric and loving mother (Janney) who has a big secret, Hilly (Howard), the bitchy, openly racist society girl who ironically raises monies for African Children in need and Celia (Chastain), the unpretentious, honest, white-trash rich girl who married the hottest hunk in Jackson and hires Minny on the sly.
The Help provides an in your face insight into the dynamics of female relationships (aka â€˜the sisterhood\’), albeit at times clichÃ©d those dynamics still go on today and it is hard to contemplate that some things actually haven\’t changed that much.
And exciting news, I have three double passes and three books to giveaway.Â All you need to do is email me why you would love to read and see The Help? (Terms & Conditions here – Closes Friday September 9th).
Check out the trailer:
Definitely take a box of tissues and your soul-sister with you to see this film, you won\’t regret it, it will leave its mark and that\’s a good thing.
The Help is in cinemas now.
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