The Help (Flick’s Review)

Posted on | January 3, 2012 | 2 Comments

4 1/2 Stars

In Jackson, Miss. a young female journalist, Skeeter, gets a newspaper job, where she writes about cleaning. While interviewing maids about cleaning, she discovers that she wants to write more about how black people are treated. Skeeter wants to write a book from the point of view of maids in the early 1960’s, but none of her friends believe that there should be any change in the way that black people are treated. After two maids who work for some of her friends agree to let Skeeter interview them, Skeeter begins her fight for freedom; to persuade the town that black people should be treated equally.

The components of The Help equal a witty and fascinating drama with a hint of humor. I haven’t read the book, but I still found the movie interesting, and I think the film is understandable without reading the book.  The movie mentions some historical events but focuses mainly on the story of the three women and their experiences. If you haven’t learned about the Civil Rights (like me) the film will become hard to understand and it may become uninteresting if you do not learn at least a little bit about the Civil Rights before viewing the film. As I said before the film is funny and sad. The difficult task of balancing drama and comedy is pulled off by writer/director Tate Taylor. I thought the soundtrack was good because there were many songs with black people singing that you would you have heard in Jackson in the 1960’s.
Wow. There have been a lot of great ensemble performances this year, ranging from Moneyball (which I didn’t review but certainly saw and certainly liked) to War Horse, and now The Help which features my favorite ensemble performance of the year. Viola Davis, Emma Stone and Octavia Spencer play the lead roles. As I will mention later Viola Davis is my favorite actor in this film not only because I think her character is great but also because Davis herself does a great job doing a voice over throughout the film that makes the film very comprehensible.

My favorite character is Aibileen Clark, because she was smart and I like that she stood up for herself. I thought all of the lead performances were very good, especially Viola Davis who plays Aibileen.

My favorite scene is when one of the maids gives a pie to her former employer, because it’s funny and the employer gets what she deserves.

The film is rated PG-13, and I agree. There is some swearing and the film is complex if you don’t know about the civil rights.

A definite contender for the Oscars. Viola Davis gives my favorite female performance of the year and Emma Stone and Octavia Spencer are follow ups. This is a must see, must have and must watch again and again.


2 Responses to “The Help (Flick’s Review)”

  1. Steve Itkin
    January 6th, 2012 @ 4:52 am

    I gave this film 5 stars! I agree with you both. A great story and a great lesson for all ages.

  2. Abid
    January 11th, 2012 @ 8:43 pm

    Both reviews are very good and I enjoyed the movie a lot.

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