Friday, August 12, 2011

The Help Review

About The Help:

Based on one of the most talked about books in years and a #1 New York Times best-selling phenomenon,  “The Help” stars Emma Stone (“Easy A”) as Skeeter, Academy Award®–nominated Viola Davis (“Doubt”) as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny—three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s,  who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. From their improbable alliance a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling all of them with the courage to transcend the lines that define them, and the realization that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed —even if it means bringing everyone in town face-to-face with the changing times.

Deeply moving, filled with poignancy, humor and hope, “The Help” is a timeless and universal story about the ability to create change.

My Review:

I am going to be honest with you, I had no idea what to expect going into this movie. I have not read the book and at the time that I saw the pre-screening I had only seen 1 preview for the movie. I basically knew that it was about a writer that wanted to be controversial and write about "The Help". I expected lots of drama. I expected an okay movie with some happy moments and lots of not-so-happy moments that most of us wished had never happened. What I did not expect was humor. I did not expect Oscar worthy acting and a movie that I did not want to end. I did not expect a feel good movie. However, that is exactly what I received with The Help.

Emma Stone as "Skeeter"

Emma Stone was incredible as "Skeeter" the reporter who sees things differently from her peers and decides to show the world from the viewpoint of "The Help". Her character is instantly likeable and you find yourself rooting for her in her career, friendships and even in love. She is sweet, yet fierce and not afraid to say what is on her mind. This is the first movie I have seen Emma Stone in (although Easy A and Zombieland are now in my Netflix que) and this one movie was enough to make her one of my favorite actresses. She is that impressive.

The great acting did not stop there. Bryce Dallas Howard (you know her as "Victoria" from Twilight!) was great as the evil Hilly who treats her maid as though she is another species. Hilly demands that the maids have a separate bathroom and do not enter the "clean" inside bathrooms. Her goal in life seems to be that every housewife receive the same outdoor bathroom so that they do not have to suffer.

Bryce Dallas Howard as Hilly

My second favorite actress in this movie (after Emma Stone) was actually Jessica Chastain. She plays Celia who is an outsider to the locals. She tries to make friends with the housewives and fails mostly due to Hilly's hatred of her. She is for lack of a better term, slightly ditsy and hilarious. At some points in the movie she is insulting Hilly without even realizing it, at others she is just making a mess of everything. She is always trying desperately to fit in. Her character is lovable and definitely unforgettable. It did leave me wondering though why her and Skeeter were not friends.

Jessica Chastain as Celia

Also of note is Sissy Spacek who plays the crazy, but hilarious older Mother of Hilly. She is a troublemaker throughout the movie and great to watch. 
Last but not least, Octavia Spencer as Minny (probably the funniest character in the whole movie) and Viola Davis as Aibileen were amazing. They had great chemistry with each other and also with Emma Stone. Their characters are both strong in their own individual ways and great to watch. Minny (Spencer) gives the entire movie a feel good quality and makes you laugh so hard it hurts when she finally gets her revenge on Hilly.

Viola Davis as Aibileen (left) and Octavia Spencer as Minny

This is a feel good movie that will have you laughing and possibly crying. It is definitely worth it to see this one in the movie theaters. Personally, I can't wait until it is released on DVD so I can own it and watch one particular scene over and over again (it is the funniest thing I have seen this year in a movie, watch it and you will KNOW). : ) The Help is in theaters now!

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Disclaimer: I saw a pre-screening of this movie for free in exchange for this review. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions here are 100% my own thoughts


Belly Charms said...

I have seen 2 reviews on this movie and both of you loved it. I think I am going to have to go and see an adult movie for once. I am already a follower - Hopping by from Hop Along Friday - I am in North Florida.

Gina Alfani said...

Hi Crystal . . . greetings from across the bridge in Tampa :)

Looks like I'm going to have to go see this movie!

Thanks for following my blog LaBelladiva . . . I'm following you back!

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy this gorgeous Florida sunshine . . . Gina