The Help

Change begins with a whisper
Change begins with a whisper
D: Tate Taylor
Dreamworks/Reliance/Participant Media/Image Nation (Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan & Brunson Green)
US 2011
146 mins


W: Tate Taylor [based on the book by Kathryn Stockett]
DP: Stephen Goldblatt
Ed: Hughes Winborne
Mus: Thomas Newman

Viola Davis (Aibileen Clark), Emma Stone (Eugenia Phelan), Octavia Spencer (Minny Jackson), Jessica Chastain (Celia Rae Foote), Bryce Dallas Howard (Hilly Walters Holbrook), Alison Janney (Charlotte Phelan)

The Help is a film where I felt compelled to like it even more than I actually did, I have my reasons why too.
Based on the book by Kathryn Stockett, Emma Stone plays an aspiring writer who plans to write a book about black women working as hired help during the civil rights movement.
The film has some powerful scenes and strong acting performances, but seems diluted by the fact that these voices wouldn't have been heard if it weren't for the efforts of a white woman, which, to me, undermines the entire point of the message.
Like 12 Years A Slave, it's an important film to watch, but not necessarily an entertaining one.

Emma Stone & Viola Davis in The Help
Emma Stone & Viola Davis in The Help