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I've decided on a Monday I will be doing a movie review, therefore let Movie Monday commence!!!
Today's movie is 'The Help'.
I remember reading this book and falling completely in love with it, it's now one of my favourite books ever. It took me a long time to get round to the movie, as I tend to think movies spoil books, but this one didn't actually disappoint me much at all. The book touched me a lot, and the movie did too, not as much as the book, but still a lot.
Lets start with the story. The Help is a story of, well, the help. It is set in the 1960s during the Civil Rights Movement. It's about the help, black women working as maids and nannies for the white folk. (I hope I don't offend anyone by calling the help 'black people', that is how they are referred to in the book and movie). One lady, Miss Skeeter, decides she wants to write about 'The Help', from their points of view. This starts a lot of lovely conversations with Miss Skeeter and Abilieen, the main character.
The actresses done rather well I must say. Emma Stone was cast as Miss Skeeter, and she played a lovely role. Viola Davis played an amazing Abileen Clark and Octavia Spencer a wonderful Minnie Jackson.
These 3 women made the movie. Minnie brought a lot of laughs, Aibileen a lot of sorrow, and Skeeter a lot of kindness. But the main thing in this movie was friendship. Minnie and Aibileen's friendship seemed like the stuff most people wish for. They hugged, they laughed together, and they cried together.
Other characters I liked were Miss Celia and miss Hilly's mother. Miss Hilly and her little 'crew' on the other hand were nasty ladies.
Aibileen's relationship with Mae Mobley is wonderful. Aibleen tells her every morning, 'You is kind, you is smart, you is important'. A beautiful friendship between the 2 is potrayed well.
There are a lot of funny things in the movie. Minnie's 'terrible awful' and the toilet prank on Miss Hilly are just to name a few.
There are sad times too. One thing that I remember hitting me hard was the whole toilet situation. The maids weren't allowed to use the same toilets as the 'white folk'. Knowing that this is what the world was like back then well it makes me grateful that things have changed now.
I loved this story, a lot of heartbreak, laughs, sadness, and friendship. I would recommend this to anyone who hasn't seen it, but in my opinion, please read the book first, it just gives you a little bit more.
***** 5 stars