Originally Released: Aug. 2011
Running Time: 146 min.
Synopsis: 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 Take: Last year, along with my book club, I joined what felt like the rest of the world and read the phenomenon that was The Help (click title for my review). My entire book club and I loved it. I found all of the characters to bring something to the multi-faceted book but for me, my personal favorite was Celia, the outcast woman branded 'white trash' by the rest of the Jackson society gals for her 'husband-stealing' ways. Suffice it to say I couldn't wait to see the movie. I emailed one of my girlfriends who had read the book and said "let's go!"
Having read the book only last year, it was still pretty fresh in our minds so I was pleased to see that the movie really didn't change the story line much like some movies do. We felt that they did a great job with the casting. Emma Stone did a great job as the civil rights rousing Skeeter (although for the love of God, couldn't they have made her hair look less like an awful wig in some of those scenes), Bryce Dallas Howard had everyone in the audience hating her as Hilly Holbrock, Octavia Spencer's expressive eyes made her the best Minnie ever, and of course Viola Davis played a wonderful Aibileen. I would be remiss if I didn't mention my personal favorite from the book Celia played fabulously by Jessica Chastain (if I could have her entire wardrobe from the movie I would!) and Alison Janney as Skeeter's mom had some fabulously funny one-liners.
Bottom line, there aren't a lot of movies out there that have an almost all female cast and this one does, and it does it well. For stunning scenes that bring you back to the 1960s that combine both heart and humor, this is a movie that you can't miss!