"The Help" Movie Review
My mom and I just got the opportunity to see an advanced screening of "The Help" - incidentally, mom even hopped on the Hampton Jitney to join me for a night on the town, and I'm happy to report that the film was absolutely amazing! If you've read the book (and if you're a fan of Role Mommy, we've recommended reading it many times over), you will be thrilled to find out that the movie version of the film stays completely true to the novel. Make sure you bring tissues because you will find yourself crying, laughing and cheering for Minny, Aibileen and Skeeter.
If you haven't read the book (shame on you if you haven't), "The Help," by Kathryn Stockett, is one of the most talked about books in years and a #1 New York Times best-selling phenomenon. The film stars Emma Stone ("Easy A") as Skeeter, Academy Award®-nominated Viola Davis ("Doubt") as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny--three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s, who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. From their improbable alliance a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling all of them with the courage to transcend the lines that define them, and the realization that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed--even if it means bringing everyone in town face-to-face with the changing times.
I can't say enough great things about this movie. In fact, I haven't fell in love with a film about southern women since "Steel Magnolias," and let me tell you, "The Help" has definitely earned the coveted spot as my new favorite feature film of the year. In addition to Emma Stone, I also loved the Academy Award worthy performances by Sissy Spacek and Allison Janney, who play the larger than life mothers of the two central characters Hilly and Skeeter. Trust me when I tell you, their performances will have you crying and laughing - all in one breath. And as for the person who deserves an Oscar for her role? Well, Octavia Spencer should have that one all sewn up for her sassy, no holds barred portrayal of Minny.
What intrigued me most about the story behind "The Help" was that author Kathryn Stockett was rejected 60 times before a publisher decided to move forward with her book. Her determination has literally created a movement among women nationwide who have urged one another to read the book and share it with friends. Below is a trailer for the film and when it opens on August 10, make sure you grab your best girlfriends and book a ticket to see "The Help."
Deeply moving, filled with poignancy, humor and hope, "The Help" is a timeless and universal story about the ability to create change. Visit The Help on Facebook and if you're on Twitter, make sure you share your experience by using the hashtag #TheHelpMovie. More to come this week when we share recipes from the film and a great giveaway for fans!!!