The Help was nominated for Best Picture in the 84th Academy Awards. Viola Davis also received a Best Actress nomination for her performance in The Help. The Help is a drama movie that was adapted from a novel written by Kathryn Stockett. The Help revolves around the story about a young white woman named Eugenia Phelan and her relationships with two African American maids in the Civil Rights era in America during the early 1960s. Eugenia is also known as Skeeter is a journalist who started writing a controversial book that talks about the racism that is happening to black maids that work for white families. Here is a movie review by Marci Savage:
“The Help has been nominated for several Academy Awards and has won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress and two Screen Actor Guild Awards for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. Having finally seen the movie on DVD, I can see why.
“The Help” is set in segregated Jackson Mississippi during the 60’s. A young woman moves back home after college. She sees the injustice of how her friends treat their black maids and decides she would like to tell their story. Doing so is against the law and end up with fatal consequences. The maids decide they would like to publish their stories anyway.
Adapted from the book of the same title written by Kathryn Stockett, the movie does a wonderful job of capturing the essence of the time. Bryce Dallas Howard plays Hilly Holbrook who plays up the ignorance of the time exceptionally well. She really makes you hate the character and hate the ignorance that came with the mentality of that time. The revenge scene is priceless and not to be missed. It is the highlight of the film and just goes to show that justice has a unique way of being served.
The best performance, however, has to be that of Viola Davis. She plays Aibileen Clark who has lost her son, and had lost her hope in humanity until Emma Stone’s, Skeeter Phelan, came along asking to tell her story. Her subtle performance was thought provoking, emotive, and moving. The transformation as she moved through the journey was wonderful to watch and she played the part brilliantly.
I can’t end without mentioning Octavia Spencer who played Minny Jackson. She was funny, bright and a nice contrast against Aibileen’s quiet demeanor. Her story was just as compelling without overshadowing the other and provided the wonderful laugh-out-loud moments including the scene stealer with Hilly.
It’s a wonderful movie and one that can be watched over and over. It is a story about life at a time in this country when segregation was the norm and the courage it took to challenge the status quo. Extraordinary feats are not committed by extraordinary men, but by ordinary men and women, who have the courage to do what is just and right.”
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