Last week during my BlogHer 2011 weekend, I was invited to a special prescreening of the latest release from DreamWorks Studios based on Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel is about African American maids played by Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer living in Jackson, Mississippi during in the 1960s just before the Civil Rights Movement and how one Southern debutante (Emma Stone) wanted to hear and publish their point of view.
The Help was excellent! So entertaining and poignant.
The acting of the three main actresses and Sissy Spacek, Allison Janney, Cicely Tyson, Mary Steenburgen, Bryce Dallas Howard and Jessica Chastain is phenomenal. They along with the writing and directing of Tate Taylor took me back to a time in American history I was happy I never lived through. The emotional but touching movie gave voice to these poor women who are abused and ignored but in the end shape and mold future generations. Howard’s Hilly character is especially awful but brings to point just how far we have progressed in sixty years. Some of the quotes in this movie had this Northern woman in disbelief!
Be forewarned, the movie trailers make this a fun summer girls movie and even though there are a few laugh out loud moments the majority of the movie will have you in tears. The male actors in the film are almost non existential so leave your loved one at home. Movie is rated PG-13 and excellent for a night out with the girls.
Disclosure: I attended a DreamWorks sponsored prescreening of the film and received a goody bag for attending but my post is my unbiased opinion on the film.