Movie: The help

By admin
03 August 2011

Drama.

With Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer.

Director: Tate Taylor.

10MP.

Opens 7 October.

Rating: 4/5

What’s it about?

A brave know-it-all tackles the problems facing black women working in racist households and writes a book about it – which leads to much consternation.

Who will enjoy it?

Readers who can’t stand racist attitudes will want to see this movie more than once. It’s a faultless confrontation with racism that shows, without getting preachy, how a healthy understanding, a breakdown of prejudices and people who really care can help to unite a community that’s been divided into racial camps.

It cuts to the bone of prejudice but it’s presented in a relaxed, thoroughly thought-through and educational way that does more for the fight against racism than any high-minded lecture.

Emma Stone shines as the brave girl who, without a second thought, tackles the problems of black women suffering under white prejudice.

With her awareness programme she breaks through barriers and deflates pretensions.

Jessica Chastain (who stars in Terrence Malick’s new film, The Tree of Life) shows she’s Hollywood’s new Meryl Streep with a mischievous character who hides a brave heart.

This is without a doubt one of the year’s top films and a definite Oscar contender. It will win your heart as it shakes up your soul.

A fantastic experience that shows understanding and love of your fellow man can achieve the impossible. Drama is blended with black comedy to make a truly inspiring movie.

Excellent!

Similar films

Sounder, For Colored Girls.

Popcorn facts

*The book on which The Help is based was rejected 60 times before it was accepted for publication – and then became a runaway bestseller.

*Emma Stone is of Swedish descent.

*She was in a relationship with Kieran Culkin until recently.

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