I used to be a big movie buff. Before kids my husband and I would go see almost any movie we were remotely interested in seeing in the movie theater. But life after kids changes you and now instead of seeing the adult movies in the theater we tend to rent them or wait until they are released onto DVD. One movie I was really waiting to watch was The Help.
I knew this probably wouldn’t be a movie my husband and I watch together but now that I’ve seen it, I do hope he’ll take the opportunity to watch it himself. This is so much more than a typical “chick flick” and instead has a much bigger message. At times I was horrified watching this movie and wondering if life was really like this in the South only 50 years ago. While I knew there was segregation, to actually see that play out in the day to day lives of these women was shocking to say the least. For example, a big part of the movie was the refusal of character, Hilly Holbrook to use a bathroom as a woman of color who had been employed by her family for years. She went so far as to demand that her maid walk through a terrible storm outside to use a separate restroom because she felt she might pass diseases onto her and her children.
The acting within this movie is superb and the spot on performances really do make this movie even more enjoyable. While The Help had a more serious overtone, there were plenty of opportunities for laughs as well. A couple of aspects of the movie I felt could have been elaborated on more, including Skeeter’s romantic relationship towards the end of the movie but all in all, this is a movie that is definitely worth the time to watch!
About The Film & Cast:
The #1 New York Times bestseller by Kathryn Stockett comes to vivid life through the powerful performances of a phenomenal ensemble cast. 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.
The Help stars Emma Stone as the courageous Eugenia (Skeeter) Phelan, who goes against the beliefs of her family and friends to find her own voice. The critically praised, emotional performance of Viola Davis as Aibileen Clark, a woman who secretly dreams of one day having more than she has been given, offers a deep emotional storyline. The breakthrough performance of Octavia Spencer as Minny Jackson, whose sass and tough exterior disguise the pain and fear she faces every day, brings both drama and humor to the film. Bryce Dallas Howard breathes life into the catty Jackson socialite Hilly Holbrook and Jessica Chastain brings charm and humor as Celia Foote, a kind housewife living outside of town who longs to fit in. Sissy Spacek, Allison Janney and Ahna O’Reilly also provide vivacious performances that round out this all-star female ensemble.
Exclusive Blu-ray Bonus Features:
- The Making of “The Help:” From Friendship To Film
- In Their Own Words: A Tribute To The Maids Of Mississippi
- Three deleted scenes with introductions by Director Tate Taylor including “Humiliated”, “A Book About Jackson” and “Johnny’s Home” ( Blu-ray exclusive)
DVD Bonus Features:
- Two deleted scenes with introductions by Director Tate Taylor, including “A Senator’s Son” and “Keep On Walkin”
- “The Living Proof” music video by Mary J. Blige
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