Movie Review of The Help

by on January 2, 2012

in Entertainment, movie reviews

This is a movie review of The Help. The surprise hit movie starring Emma Stone.

New on DVD The Help

The Help is rated PG-13 and runs 2 hours and 17 minutes long. But don’t worry, that movie runtime is not too long for this very entertaining movie. It stars Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jessica Chastain and others in this movie directed by actor/director Tate Taylor (Pretty Ugly People)… who also penned the screenplay.

I finally got a chance to catch The Help, and I had the opportunity to watch it with someone who read the book. It was interesting to hear what she had to say about the differences between the movie and the book, but for the most part, there seemed to be more details up front in the story in the book. But the details were also things that could either be surmised from what was being seen in the movie, or more or less presumed from other aspects that the movie goer may bring to the movie experience. Like in this movie review.

The Help takes place in the 60’s and is about an aspiring journalist (Stone) looking to write something that will get her that dream writing job. She’s also someone who doesn’t seem to have he same perspective that most of her southern neighbors have of their hired help. It’s this combination of factors that leads her to want to write a book about the African-American maid experiences with the white families they work for and the ensuing hardships they deal with on a regular basis.

Her only hurdles are that she’s a woman in the 60’s and that to write the book, she needs to interview the maids. And they’re pretty reluctant to talk. Doing so would get them in trouble with their employers. But don’t worry, there are some prevailing mind-sets in that era that were miles ahead of their neighbors. There weren’t many, but enough.

Emma Stone in The Help

The situations that are portrayed from the 60’s in The Help can be both riveting and upsetting as you watch what our characters are put through and the totally unnecessary treatment they receive. As the movie progresses, you find yourself sucked into the scenarios presented throughout.

The movie was cast wonderfully and everyone involved delivered flawlessly. This was more of an ensemble coming together and gelling wonderfully, versus any one actor standing above the rest.

I hate parts of our history and this movie and cast brings that aspect of humanity to the surface just enough to really tick me, or the movie-goer, off.

I recommend catching The Help if you can, no matter how you can get to it. It’s well done and engages your emotions.

On IMDb, it was rated by 30k votes for an 8.0 ratings and on Rotten Tomatoes, it has a 76% rating.

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