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Synopsis: The #1 New York Times bestseller by Kathryn Stockett comes to vivid life through the powerful performances of a phenomenal ensemble cast. The Help is an inspirational, courageous and empowering story about very different, extraordinary women in the 1960s South who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project — one that breaks society's rules and puts them all at risk. Filled with poignancy, humor and hope — and complete with compelling, never-before-seen bonus features — The Help is a timeless, universal and triumphant story about the ability to create change.
The Help stars Emma Stone as the courageous Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan, who goes against the beliefs of her family and friends to find her own voice. The critically praised, emotional performance of Viola Davis as Aibileen Clark, a woman who secretly dreams of one day having more than she has been given, offers a deep emotional storyline. The breakthrough performance of Octavia Spencer as Minny Jackson, whose sass and tough exterior disguise the pain and fear she faces every day, brings both drama and humor to the film. Bryce Dallas Howard breathes life into the catty Jackson socialite Hilly Holbrook and Jessica Chastain brings charm and humor as Celia Foote, a kind housewife living outside of town who longs to fit in. Sissy Spacek, Allison Janney and Ahna O'Reilly also provide vivacious performances that round out this all-star female ensemble.
My Thoughts: I wanted to see The Help as soon as I saw the previews and was so thrilled when I was given the opportunity to review it. I sat down the other day while Trevor was napping and I had some free time to really watch the movie without interruptions. While the movie was a little longer than I expected it to be I really enjoyed it.
The Help is not your usual chick flick, but instead it's an insight into the way the world used to be. There's scenes that you make you cry, and there's some that make you laugh, some that make you sad to watch and happy that you're alive in the modern day to see the way the world has changed for the better. I really think the actresses played their parts perfectly and that plays a big factor in making The Help such a great movie. In my opinion The Help is definitely a must see!
Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of The Help for review purposes. All opinions are my own.