Monday, August 08, 2011

The Help - Movie Review

The Help is a film adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's novel of the same name. The story centres around Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis), an African-American maid who has spent her whole life raising white children. Her best friend Minny Jackson (Octavia Spencer) is also a maid. They agree to tell their stories to Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan (Emma Stone), a young white woman who has recently graduated from the University of Mississippi to find that her maid has been "fired" and dreams to be a writer. Aibileen and Minny meet up with Skeeter secretly every day to tell her what it is like to be a black maid in a in white household, the racism and insults they go through.

The Help was an amazing movie! Viola Davis did a brilliant job playing Aibileen, her eyes convey the pain and anger she feels from the abuse she receives from her white employers. She still loves all the white kids she has raised since she was 14, though she is feeling bitterness after her own son died. Octavia Spencer stole some of the scenes with her character Minny, she's sassy and you can't help but laugh out loud. Both actresses did an amazing job. The Help showcased not only the racial tensions between whites and blacks, but the different social circles that people of the same race place each other. I definitely recommend checking this movie out. I'm going to read the book next!

The Help comes out in theatres everywhere this Wednesday, August 10th.

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