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The Help (DVD)
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The Help (DVD)
Advantages: Plot, true to the book, brilliant acting and wonderful characters
The film begins with Aibileen getting up and heading out to work. It is the 1960s and she is a maid for a white family across town. Aibileen knows she is lucky to have a job and she does enjoy it, especially providing childcare for Mae-Mobley who is 2. Her boss, Miss Elizabeth Leefolt is an ok boss - there are others around that are much worse, namely Miss Hilly Holbrook who is one of Miss Leefolt's best friends.
Aibileen's best friend is Minnie. She is a larger than life character who is bubbly and full of joy - on the outside. Her husband, Leroy beats her and Aibileen knows Minnie is scared but cannot leave because of the children. Aibileen herself lives alone. Her son was murdered in a race related attack a couple of years before and she misses him every day.
The white ladies hold Bridge afternoons and when it is time for Miss Leefolt to play host, Aibileen is busy preparing snacks and waiting on the ladies. Elizabeth's friend, Miss Skeeter is home from University but she's not like the other ladies - she doesn't boss any of the maids around and instead talks to them like they are equals. Of course, Skeeter's friends all think this is bizarre. Miss Skeeter begins to show a real interest in Aibileen's work which worries her a little, especially when Miss Skeeter starts to ask questions...what does she want to know and why?
I had extremely high expectations of this film. This was for two reasons, firstly because I found the book absolutely brilliant and enjoyed reading it immensely and secondly because I had waited to see the film for a long time and was very excited about seeing it.
Of course I already knew the main outline of the plot as it was based on the book by Katheryn Stockett. The plot did stick to the book quite well but there were some bits that I felt should have been included but weren't. I understand that with a film time is more limited however, the things they missed out I thought were quite important to the storyline and therefore maybe they should have been included and something else, which I saw as less important missed out in order to retain the runtime.
The plot of the film was interesting and it had a storyline that was set in a period where most people have some knowledge of what things were like as it is a well known piece of history that the segregation of races was still in force in the 1960s. Of course, opinion on this is a whole different story but when you think that was just 50 years ago it's shocking.
The plot flowed really well and there was a clear goal in sight for the majority of the film. However, if you have not read the book the film is not at all predictable and there is lots going on along the way to keep you satisfied. I also liked the sub-plots such as Minnie's new employment.
Aibileen is the main character in the story but Minnie and Miss Skeeter feature heavily too and I am very fond of all of these characters. Minnie is very funny who isn't afraid to tell it how it is which provides lots of light hearted relief throughout the film when things must have not been so happy in real life. Miss Skeeter I loved because she was different. Her friends were all married and living the family life with maids and who saw themselves as superior to the rest of the town, however Miss Skeeter was down to earth, understanding and brave.
The acting in the film is first class. I thought the cast were hand picked perfectly as they portrayed the characters very very well and they actually are how I imagined them when reading the book. The cast all worked well together and there was a great deal of chemistry between friends and of course, enemies which made the film very realistic and a joy to watch.
The film is set in the town of Jackson in America and the set is perfect. It looks very real and although I was aware this was a new film I still saw it as things being uncovered back in the 1960s. I got completely caught up in the film and though I already knew how the ending would pan out I still enjoyed watching it immensely and unravelling the story all over again. When I watched this it had been a few months since I had read the book so although I knew a lot of what was going to happen there were also bits in the plot that I had forgotten about.
I watched this with my partner who was a little sceptical because I'd been raving about how much I had enjoyed the book and wanted to see the film for ages! However, he adored the film just as much as I did. He was hooked to the plot and afterwards commented that he really enjoyed it and thought it was a really strong film.
The Help is certainly one of my favourite books and I thought this adaptation was a very strong effort. The plot is true to the book and although small changes are made, I think it is true to Katheryn Stockett's original ideas.
The film was released in 2011.
The DVD was released in March 2012.
It stars Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain.
It was directed by Tate Taylor.
The film is based on a book of the same name by Kathryn Stockett.
It has a run time of 140 minutes.
Amazon currently have the DVD on sale for £7.97. However, I did see it in Asda a few weeks ago for £7.
One of the best films I have seen in the past year. Interesting, well portrayed from the book and addresses an issue that is rooted in history.
Summary: A fantastic film that is wholeheartedly recommended from me