It is rare that I enjoy a movie as much as a book. Understandably it is difficult to capture all the details of the written word on the big screen. But this is not the case with The Help written by Kathryn Stockett and adapted as a movie by Tate Taylor. The Help takes place in Jackson, Mississippi in the early 1960s. The movie centers on Skeeter, played by Emma Stone as she tries to pursue a writing career. The topic she strikes on to write about is the relationship between the maids and their white employers. The principal maid is Aibileen played by Viola Davis, who, after losing her son and raising 17 white children, decides to take the risk associated with this controversial of a subject. She brings a number of other maids into the project. The movie provides an excellent look into the lives of those living in the early 60s. It is touching, heartwarming and funny and definitely one of the best movies I have seen in some time.
“You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” Kathryn Stockett, The Help.