THE HELP (15)
D: Tate Taylor
Dreamworks/Reliance/Participant Media/Image Nation (Chris
Columbus, Michael Barnathan & Brunson Green)
W: Tate Taylor [based on the book by Kathryn
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
Like 12 Years A Slave, it's an important film to watch, but
not necessarily an entertaining one.