» Reviews: The Help

L.E. Green

|    Monday, August 15, 2011

  • Director: Tate Taylor
  • Producer: Mohamed Khalaf Al-Mazrouei, Tate Taylor, Nate Berkus, Jennifer Blum
  • Writer: Screenplay: Tate Taylor – Novel: Kathryn Stockett
  • Starring: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Ahna O'Reilly, Allison Janney
  • Distributor: Dreamworks, Participant Media
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Genre: Drama, Comedy

Period pieces are an interesting type of film, requiring the environments, actors and even the attitudes to appear as they did back in the day. While I can’t confirm the accuracy of The Help, the story of three women who compile a book of stories recalled by black housekeepers to expose ingrained racism in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s, I can say that it’s powerful, upsetting, uplifting, oftentimes hilarious, and downright brilliant. It hits the mark on all counts, and the acting was magnificent. With so much going for it, I am happily willing to call this film Oscar worthy.

Verdict: Go See it in Theaters


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