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The Help

by

Jeff Nelson

The Help is well-made and certainly worth a viewing from all audiences.

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Audiences are introduced to a new film about racial equality year after year. The Help is another movie about African American inequalities in the 1960's. The Academy definitely loves these movies. However, it's not just a motion picture. It's a best selling book that has been heavily spoken about. I was planning on waiting to rent The Help when it came out on Blu-Ray through Netflix. After being dragged to it, I was hoping for it to not be a snooze fest.

An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960's decides to write a book about the African American maid's point of view on the White families they work for and the hardships they go through on a day to day basis. When it comes to the story itself, don't expect any surprises. Each plot point is very predictable. It isn't the story line that shines. The screenplay is what makes The Help appealing. Even though some of the dialogue can be a bit tacky, it's overall well written. The civil rights movement is a serious time, but the movie doesn't keep that tone the entire running time. There's some comedy placed within the mix. The humor works. Despite the running time being a bit long, the pacing is smooth. I never found myself bored. The script does a good job with keeping the viewers engrossed from start to finish.

The performances seen in The Help are one of the primary reasons why there has been so much buzz. I've enjoyed past roles by Emma Stone, so I looked forward to seeing her. She's always charming on the big screen and delivers the role of Skeeter very well. VIola Davis performs as Aibileen Clark to perfection. I wouldn't be surprised if she were to be nominated for an Academy Award. Davis is absolutely sensational. Octavia Spencer is impressive as Minny Jackson, a friend of Aibileen's. Even though Bryce Dallas Howard's character Hilly Holbrook is the most dislikable character in The Help, she's fantastic in this role. Each performance is great, although Viola Davis shines as being brilliant.

The Help is evidence that even a movie that isn't your cup of tea can still be enjoyable. The acting is great and the screenplay is rather well-written. Surprisingly, the film has been doing very well in the box office. It has dominated even those available in 3D with the higher ticket sales. Quite a bit of Oscar buzz surrounds this film. The Help is well-made and certainly worth a viewing from all audiences.

My Rating = Four Stars

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