The Help (2011)



Filed under : drama, historical, review

“Change begins with a whisper.”

-The Help

I recently saw this movie based on this book. And, let me tell you – it was definitely worth it.

When I first saw the trailer to this film, it really looked like a fun type of movie to watch. But, at the same time – it also looked like a film with an important message. Even more so, it was a period piece which serves a special place in my heart. So, I decided to check it out. I’m glad I did!

Before I go on, I just have to give a small warning. Personally, I think this is a film geared more towards women. To be honest, I’m not quite sure how well received this movie will be by men. Though, I can see some whose interest may peak should they enjoy these types of movies.

(Note: For those who have seen the film, I’d definitely be interested in hearing your thoughts on this subject!)

Regarding the movie itself, this film has it all. It will make you laugh. It will make you cry. It will make you jump for joy. And, most of all – it will touch your heart.

Since I have an interest and special place in my heart for period pieces, this film was definitely a treat for me to see. Plus, it was light hearted enough to make me laugh but at the same time had an important message to tell.

In watching this movie, I couldn’t help but wonder if the issues presented in the film could also pertain to the issues we have today. It’s always interesting to see how the issues of one generation sometimes pass down to subsequent generations. And, sometimes – we are faced with the issues of the past even today.

At the heart of it, this movie really shows the ignorance our country has exercised in the past. And, in displaying this behavior – it shows how this type of ignorance can have an affect on an entire society and in turn pass down from generation to generation.

But, at the same time – it’s also a film about courage. It’s a movie about having the courage to stand up and fight back for what you believe in despite the consequences. At the heart of it, it’s a film about hope.

What I enjoyed about this film is that it was not just one sided. We actually got a chance to see both sides of the issues presented from different points of view. And, in turn – it really made for a good movie since we were able to see different sides of the issues.

Overall, I think this movie had a lot of heart. There were ups, there were downs. I laughed, I cried. It made me feel something. But above all else, it had an important message to say that really made me think. And, to me – this is what makes a film worth it.

If you’re in the mood for a drama type of movie with a bit of comedy (as well as a period piece), I do recommend this one.

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Happy movie watching!

(Note: For those who have seen the movie and read the book, I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on how the two compare. Going into the film, I didn’t read the book beforehand. Thanks for reading!)

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2 Responses to “The Help (2011)”

  1. Castor says:

    Interesting. Glad you liked it. Some people have complained about how it’s the latest “white savior saves helpless black people” movie. How do you feel about that?
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    • filmgurl says:

      Oh, wow! I had no idea, Castor. No, I don’t see it that way. I thought it was interesting to see how Skeeter, viewed the world as opposed to everyone else around her (i.e.family, friends, etc). It was interesting to see how a child who was pretty much raised by a nanny was affected and how different her view of the world was through adulthood. It made me think of the children of today – it still exists. Many children are growing up being raised by others. Personally, I think it’s a result of our culture – we live in a very ambitious world where some prioritize other things over family. And, I can really see a more modern version of this film come to fruition to relate to the issues we have today. It was definitely an enjoyable and thought provoking film, thanks for stopping by! :)

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