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Movie Review - The Help

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Like Mike
Like Mike

 I really do love film! My feelings for movies, I’m sure, is the same for some people with their love for books, not saying I’m not a book fan either. But one thing you find with books is that people tend to stick roughly around a genre and don’t often tread too far out of their comfort zone. On the other hand, with films, people often try lots of different genres and tend to feel more ok about doing that. A good example of that is this film, ‘The Help’. Would I read a book about a white woman, in the 1960’s, writing about the hardships of black women in the southern states of America, as they take care of the homes and children of white families? No. Would I see a film based on it after seeing a great trailer for said film? Hell yes! My point is slam dunked on that one, as I’m sure a lot of people would feel the same way about books vs movies.

“Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, Skeeter is a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends' lives - and a Mississippi town - upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen, Skeeter's best friend's housekeeper, is the first to open up - to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community. Despite Skeeter's life-long friendships hanging in the balance, she and Aibileen continue their collaboration and soon more women come forward to tell their stories - and as it turns out, they have a lot to say. Along the way, unlikely friendships are forged and a new sisterhood emerges, but not before everyone in town has a thing or two to say themselves when they become unwittingly - and unwillingly - caught up in the changing times.”

I see a lot of great films, and not often are those great films made for a wide audience. Meaning, they haven’t had a decent amount of money spent on them. For some reason, in film terms, the more you spend, the more likely it’s going to be a sit and watch and enjoy type of film, rather than sit and watch and really think and feel about what’s going on, while also enjoying yourself. But with ‘The Help’ it felt like they set off from the get go knowing they had a great film on their hands and so spent some decent money getting a great cast and really making you believe in this 1960’s world. That, of course, was just the icing on the awesome cake that was the story and the film making involved in telling it. In fact, except for one small hiccup in casting, I would say this is a near perfect film, or then again, maybe I’m just getting sappier in my old age. Either way I think this is going to clean up at next year’s Oscars!

9.5 out of 10 from me.

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