Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.
Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.
Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.
Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.
Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.
In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women–mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends–view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t.
I have now watched The Help 2 times and both times I have cried like a baby. I’ve been sitting here staring at the computer for the last hour trying to come up with my thoughts on the movie. It’s more than thoughts though. Words don’t give this movie justice. I can tell you this is the BEST Movie of the YEAR, but that doesn’t convey the emotions I went through watching this.
When you hear what The Help is based on. You immediately know that you will get a strong reaction to it. Film or book. It takes subject atter that we all “know” and have heard about or read about, but brings it to life in more simple terms. You FEEL this movie. From beginning to the end you are FEELING. Whether it’s frustration, hurt, shame, longing, or redemption you are feeling the gambit of emotions.
The director Tate Taylor did an amazing job translating the book to the screen and every single actor in the film brought so much to the role they were playing you never get that feeling of, “Oh that actress was in such and such movie.” You feel Minny, Skeeter, and Aibileen. You get so mad at Miss Hilly you just want to slap her across the face yourself by the time the movie is over.
Both times I have watched this film I was away from my family so the scenes where Aibileen was raising poor Baby Girl and just trying to make her believe in herself just choked me up every time. If there is one for sure thing I can say about The Help is bring a WHOLE box of tissues you’ll need them!
The film isn’t too long or too short and while mostly women will be heading out in droves to see this film I recommend the men to go see it too. I promise you will thank me for making you go see it. It opens TOMORROW August 10th so after you go see it tweet me @waystosave and remember to use the hashtag #TheHelpMovie and let me know what feeling you got out of it.
***Although I did get to see a screening of The Help it did not influence my post.***