Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Help Movie Review

Based on: The Help by Kathryn Stockett(2009)

Film Release: August 10th, 2011

Running Time: 146 Minutes

Director: Tate Taylor

A look at what happens when a southern town's unspoken code of rules and behavior is shattered by three courageous women who strike up an unlikely friendship. (IMDB)

The Crazy Bookworm doesn't usually do movie reviews but sometimes you come across a spectacular one that you must share with everyone you know! Now the movie is based on the 2009 novel The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I have yet to read the novel(that will change!) so I can't compare the two, but this movie stands perfectly well on it's own if you haven't read the book.

In the film you are introduced to a powerful cast of woman, I don't think the director could have done it any better. Emma Stone, who is a rising star blew me away. She has been a favourite of mine since I first laid eyes on her in the 2007 comedy Superbad. In The Help she played the part of Skeeter flawlessly. I don't think they could have cast a better person to play the part. She was raw, witty and the emotion just radiated out of her and off the screen. While watching the film in the jam packed theatre, you could have heard a pin drop. The entire theatre was entranced by the performances in this movie. Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard and Octavia Spencer are all deserving of an Oscar for their part in the film.

The film takes you on an emotional rollercoaster. I found myself laughing as I was dabbing at tears from a scene moments before. There are a few specific scenes that really tug on your heart strings. There have only been a few movies that have left me crying while leaving the theatre. The Help touches not only on the perspective of The Help, but of the children that are being raised by them. The children do not see them as "The Help" they see them as friends, as mothers.

A truly incredible movie that shouldn't be missed, whether you have read the book or not, The Help will leave you thinking about it's bittersweet beauty long after you've seen it!

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  1. I loved this book. So looking forward to the movie and I'm relieved to hear that you enjoyed it. I always worry when they make a book I love into a movie because so often they screw it up.

  2. Oh yay. Glad to hear you liked it! I absolutely love this book so I am hoping they do it justice. I also do like Emma Stone as well! Such a gorgeous actress!

  3. Glad to hear that the movie is good! I can't wait to see it. I definitely recommend reading the was so good and one of my favorites from last year!

  4. I really want to see this movie, but I'm making myself read the book first. They both sound great!

    Also, I’m a new follower—wonderful blog! Stop by my blog and follow me too? :)


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