Film name: The Help
Year Released: 2011
Director: Tate Taylor
Main Cast: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard
Worldwide Box- Office Gross: US $169,705,587
Skeeter (Emma Stone) has gone back to her hometown, Mississippi, after graduating from college. She is an aspiring writer who is searching for a mind-boggling story to write. Set in the 1960s, Skeeter starts interviewing African-American women, who have been working for prominent white families, to reveal their side of the story. She meets Aibileen who becomes the first among all the black women to speak up about the injustices they face. This causes a chain reaction; more African American women get the courage to open up, and they have quite a lot to share. A book that can turn her friends’ – the whole Mississippi town – lives upside down.
Why such a fuzz?
The movie is an experience in itself, throttled with the right pace and direction. Director Tate Taylor shows the injust race relations, it is as if we are living in a world where civil right movements are emerging slowly but the inequality is inevitable. We have grown used to scatological humor of the Hangovers, Change-Up and other rom-coms, the fundamental motive in the Help is as low key as will ever be depicted in the film. The idea of the antagonist eating sh*t is effective yet funny and poignant. The film displays the ambivalent nature of slavery ready to burst out of its chains.
The best scene is obviously when Minny Jackson (Octavia Spencer) bakes a chocolate pie for Hilly Holbrook ( Bryce Dallas Howard) in which it turns out to be made out of feces. Another memorable scene is when Aibileen (Viola Davis) tells Mae Mobley (Eleanor and Emma Henry) that “You is kind, you is smart, you is important”. Heartbreaking and Beautiful.
REEL VALUE : 8.0/10