I read The Help by Kathryn Stockett last year, and reviewed it here. I loved the book, and immediately shared it with everyone. It was emotional and heartwarming.
Today, I went to see the movie, and I am still feeling pretty emotional about it. There’s something about seeing it all that gets my emotions stirring.
It’s truly difficult to see how awfully prejudiced people were about the people they hired in their homes to care for their children. Imagine how prejudiced people are now about people of different religions and people of different sexual orientation. I can’t wait until equal rights really does mean equal rights. The film was a roller coaster of emotions for me. I cried. I laughed. I held back sobs. I repeated an expletive for one character on several occasions. And after the movie, I didn’t speak much. I needed to process the emotional ride I had just been on.
The casting was excellent. Viola Davis gives a beautiful performance as Aibileen, and Octavia Spencer brings the sassy and smart Minny to life as if she stepped out of the book herself. Sissy Spacek is a big highlight in the movie, and brings some great funny moments. I thought I was going to be tired of Emma Stone because of all the movies she’s been in recently, but no. Every time I walk into a movie with her in it, I wonder how she’ll do, but I always leave happy. I feel that she did the character of Skeeter justice.
This is the best movie I’ve seen this year. It’s going to be hard to top, and I definitely think you should go see it. And I think you should read the book.
I give it 5 out of 5 stars.