Idealism is a wonderful thing. It allows us to see the possibilities in life.
In The Help (2011), Skeeter Phelan (Emma Stone) wants to be a writer. Eager to impress her new bosses at the local newspaper, Skeeter embarks on a story that shocks those around her and changes her world: she wants to interview the African-American maids who have silently worked for their white employers for years without being properly noticed or appreciated. The only problem is that Skeeter lives in the 1960’s era South where Segregation, while slowly eroding away, is still considered to be the law of the land.
At the risk of her reputation and her relationships, especially with her old friend, Hilly Holbrook (Bryce Dallas Howard), Skeeter interviews Minny Jackson (Octavia Spencer) and Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis). Will Skeeter’s story be printed for the world to read and what will be the consequences of her actions?
Based on the book of the same name, this movie is incredibly funny and poignant. Containing strong female characters who, good or bad, are fully fleshed out, this film is a reminder of not just how far we have come, but how far we need to go.
Do I recommend it? Yes.