This week I had the pleasure of going to the premier of the new movie The Help with my friends Shasta and Carrie, and new friend Aubrey. I have been waiting for this movie since the first time I saw a preview, and though I resisted reading the book initially because of prior let downs on book-turned-movie, a few previews later and I was racing to Amazon.
The Help is a painfully realistic look at how things were in The South back in the early 50′s when segregation and racism was rampant. But throughout the movie (and the awful conditions) you will see stories of courage, passion, and inspiration. It is by far the Summers best “feel good” movie that will make you laugh out loud and cry deep sobs, practically at the same time.
The cast could not have been better picked – every single character was played so perfectly. From Minny to Cecilia (my favorites) the characters were just EXACTLY what I imagined them to be after reading the book. Check out these two the first time they meet:
The storyline is simple – an affluent white woman aspiring to be a writer decides to write an anonymous book from the perspective of “The Help” in Jackson Mississippi – during a time that it was dangerous for African Americans to even walk on the wrong side of the street. They tell stories of raising babies like their own, only to have the “babies” become their “bosses” and other personal depictions of their jobs as “The Help.” It is painful to watch the ignorance of so many back in those days and see how poorly these women were treated. You will see story after story of what life was really like back then, and your heart will break with each one of them.
Shasta had warned me to “bring Kleenex” but with the exception of one particularly difficult scene, I laughed more than I cried, and I felt so inspired and proud of the movie and the women in it. It absolutely lived up to my expectations, if not surpassed them.
I am sure I will be back to see it a few times, and it is one I am sure I will own once it comes on DVD, as Shasta and I both remarked how much we would love to see interviews and bonus features. EVERYONE should see this movie. Truly. It is the perfect date for a “Girls Night Out” (but even the guys will love it too!)
Disclaimer: I was able to see The Help as part of a premier screening, and was not otherwise compensated for this post.