Movie Review: The Help

This past weekend I saw The Help and really enjoyed it. The book is definitely in my top five. Possibly three. Every time someone asks me for a book suggestion I always recommend it.

When reading this book, I had every single emotion run through me; anger, sadness, happiness, laughter, tears. I was an emotional roller coaster.

Throughout the film, the same emotions came back and the tears were flowing steadily. Kathryn Stockett, the author, does a great job of portraying the tension and uncomfortable feeling that was the norm back in the 60’s but to actually see it right in front on your face takes it to a whole new level.

I thought all the actors were perfect for their parts except for one, Octavia Spencer (who plays Minny).  In the book, I see Minny’s character as being more serious and skeptical than how she was portrayed on the big screen. I felt like she was the comic relief. Maybe it was intentionally done this way to help make the film be more lighthearted?

Of course, they always change the ways things take place in the book. Other things they don’t even include. This frustrates me but I have learned to not get too upset about it and just try to enjoy the film. I would recommend that you read the book before you see the film.

One problem that I have had with this film is the backlash that it has received. I have read so many articles lately that do nothing but demean black women. There have been several articles on how black actresses are forced to play nothing but roles that “force them to be ugly and gain weight.” I am pretty certain that the writers of these articles have not read this book as the characters are described as being heavy. Also, the author writes at the end of the book that she wrote this book for her maid she use to have. Not once did she say that this book represents what every single maid went through. Another comment made was how some people wish the book was written by a black author. Personally, I don’t care about that. The fact is that this book was written and it got people to start talking and thinking. Quite like the stories that were written in this book.

Have you seen The Help? What are your thoughts?


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