The Help (Blu-ray + DVD Combo)
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The #1 New York Times best seller by Kathryn Stockett comes to vivid life through the powerful performances of a phenomenal ensemble cast. Led by Emma Stone, Academy Award(R)-nominated Viola Davis (Best Supporting Actress, DOUBT, 2008), Octavia Spencer and Bryce Dallas Howard, THE HELP is an inspirational, courageous and empowering story about very different, extraordinary women in the 1960s South who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project -- one that breaks society's rules and puts them all at risk. Filled with poignancy, humor and hope -- and complete with compelling never-before-seen bonus features -- THE HELP is a timeless, universal and triumphant story about the ability to create change.
There are male viewers who will enjoy The Help, but Mississippi native Tate Taylor aims his adaptation squarely at the female readers who made Kathryn Stockett's novel a bestseller. If the multi-character narrative revolves around race relations in the Kennedy-era South, the perspective belongs to the women. Veteran maid Aibileen (Doubt's Viola Davis in an Oscar-worthy performance) provides the heartfelt narration that brackets the story. A widow devastated by the death of her son, she takes pride in the 17 children she has helped to raise, but she's hardly fulfilled. That changes when Skeeter (Easy A's Emma Stone) returns home after college. Unlike her peers, Skeeter wants to work, so she gets a job as a newspaper columnist. But she really longs to write about Jackson's domestics, so she meets with Aibileen in secret--after much cajoling and the promise of anonymity. When Aibileen's smart-mouthed friend Minny (breakout star Octavia Spencer) breaches her uptight employer's protocol, Hilly (Bryce Dallas Howard) gives her the boot, and she ends up in the employ of local outcast Celia (Jessica Chastain, hilarious and heartbreaking), who can't catch a break due to her dirt-poor origins. After the murder of Medgar Evers, even more maids, Minny among them, bring their stories to Skeeter, leading to a book that scandalizes the town--in a good way. Not since Steel Magnolias has Hollywood produced a Southern woman's picture more likely to produce buckets of tears (and almost as many laughs). --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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It depicted also the nasty beatings those damned Southern White Police Officers visited on the black women who didn't bow to their totally unreasonable demands. It seemed that beating the women with their night sticks (or whatever they're called) gave these vicious policemen the greatest of pleasure: regardless of the pain or broken bones they might cause.
The best part, however, was the special pie the servant lady made for her employer 'lady,' who didn't give her so much as a thank you for her "kindness."
The Help is simply wonderfully made. I could not stop looking at it from the beginning to the end, and it is probably what would also happen if I would have reed the book.
It's a refreshing but emotionaly deep story of the day to day life of black and white womens struggleling in a world and time of no tolerance towards black people. I was touched by the simplicity of the approach of the subjet. The acting of the major roles was really convincing and I did trully enjoied each moment, laughs and cries. It is a strory about self respect, dignity, courage and friendship that did not need special effects to get through the heart.
If you liked To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) or Guess Who's Coming to Diner (1967), this movie will definitively be part of your collection. Well, it is part of mine.