Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Books Made Into Movies: The Help

The Help
Studio: Dreamworks
Originally Released: Aug. 2011
Running Time: 146 min.
Rating: PG-13


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!

8 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you liked it too. I also loved the book and was afraid they would ruin the movie. I want to see the movie again, just because it was so good, but I didn't notice Emma Stone's hair. I'll have to pay attention.

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  2. I haven't seen the movie yet, but read the book last month, and liked it. However, my favorite character was Minnie, because she said whatever she felt, even though it got her in a lot of hot water, so to speak. And the author was such a good writer, I grew to hate Hilly, so I guess the movie did a good job with her too, the way it sounds. I probably won't see it until it comes out in DVD, then I will run to the store and buy it and watch it. Sounds like a winner to me...

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  3. I thought they did a fabulous job with the movie. I plan to buy the DVD, which is rare for me.

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  4. I'd like to read the book but I am sure I will just watch the movie before that and after that no point :(

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  5. I loved, loved, loved the book! I really want to see the movie. I'll have to check it out soon.

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  6. Loved the book; loved the movie - saw it yesterday. Minnie and Sketter were my favorites.

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  7. i absolutely loved reading this book! it's probably going to land on my favorite books of 2011 list. i'm glad to see that the movie lives up to the book! now i can't wait to watch it.

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  8. I haven't read the book, but I loved the movie and totally agree with you about Skeeter's hair :)

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