The Help lives up to the hype

August 12, 2011 – I never got around to reading Kathryn Stockett’s best selling novel, “The Help” but I’ve heard nothing but praise from those who did.

Thankfully, I didn’t miss the movie.

The heartwarming story of African American maids working for prominent southern families in Mississippi at the dawn of civil rights movement won me over completely. Although most critics liked the film, some touted that it was nothing more than a civics lesson on the big screen. That may be true to some extent, but after seeing it and realizing that it wasn’t too long ago events depicted in the movie were actually happening, it’s a lesson worth mentioning again.

The women, played by Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, deal with their share of prejudice and ignorance and don’t really have a voice until a white woman, played by Emma Stone, decides to help them tell their story. It’s all done anonymously, of course, and plays out to quite a few hilarious moments and a few tears.

The movie is well acted, and the cast includes a cameo appearance by the wonderful Sissy Spacek, who was born for the role of Missus Walters, the aging southern belle with her nose in everyone’s business.

Reviews from those who read the book claim it is faithful and that you won’t be disappointed.

I certainly wasn’t disappointed in the movie, and may even take a stab at reading the book. I know that’s like eating dessert before the main course, but sometimes it’s best that way.

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2 thoughts on “The Help lives up to the hype

  1. I saw it Wednesday night and loved it too. It was pretty faithful to the book but the book went into more detail. Superbly acted.

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