Movie of the Year? “The Help”

Wow! “The Help” is fantastic in every conceivable way.  I was shocked to be honest.  After reading the brilliant book, by Kathryn Stockett, I was afraid to see the movie.  How could a film possibly do it justice?

Well it did.

It was better than good.  It was spectacular.

I laughed.

I cried.

I clapped at the end.

I wish I hadn’t seen it yet so I could see it again.

I am not going to ruin this movie for you, but I will tell you one thing:

Run to the theatre to see it.  Don’t walk, run.  It is fantastic.

Allison Janney and Sissy Spacek are both terrific as two of the mothers of the Junior League girls.  Emma Stone is adorable (though a tad short) as Eugenia (Skeeter) Phelan, the central character.  She plays awkward just as well as she plays cutie.

Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer shine as the two central maids.  Funnily, the only person who I thought was miscast was Cicely Tyson, as Skeeter’s childhood maid Constantine Jefferson.  She may have the name, but she was not the Constantine that Stockett wrote about so vividly.

Hilly Holbrook (the evil ringleader of the Junior League) is played by Ron Howard’s daughter, Bryce Dallas Howard.  She is great! You will hate her, because you’re supposed to, but that takes talent, right? Especially by someone so pretty.  And Jessica Chastain plays Celia Foote (the young woman scorned by the Junior League crowd) with grace and skill.  You will cry for her, and hate Hilly even more because she is behind a lot of her anguish.

And I didn’t even have popcorn.

 

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4 Responses to Movie of the Year? “The Help”

  1. CMrok93 says:

    Appalling, entertaining, touching and perhaps even a bit healing, The Help is an old-fashioned grand yarn of a film, the sort we rarely get these days. Good Review! Check out mine when you can!

  2. Oh, maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan, do I wish I could watch this tonight! If Ba.D. has an early evening this week, I might see about catching an evening showing. Otherwise, it’s this weekend for me!

    It took me a couple of attempts to get into the book, but after about 45 pages, I was hooked. I imagine the movie will skip the whole “couldn’t get into it” bit.

  3. Julie says:

    I loved the book and the movie. I agree, Cicely Tyson was miscast as Constantine. She was too old for the part. Also, in the book Constantine’s daughter can pass for a white person. You’d expect Constantine to be lighter skinned.

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