The help [videorecording]

    Review by:  Lisa

Title:  The help [videorecording]

Starring:  Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Ahna O’Reilly, Allison Janney, Anna Camp, Eleanor Henry, Emma Henry, Chris Lowell, Cicely Tyson, Mike Vogel, Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen.

Collection:  Movies

After a white woman graduates from college in the 1960s, she returns to her home in Jackson, Mississippi and begins her writing career by interviewing the African-American servants in her neighborhood and sharing their stories with the public.

Based on the phenomenal book by Kathryn Stockett, The Help as adapted to film was beautifully done.  At first, I wasn’t sure if there could be actors who could adequately capture the characters in the book on screen, but happily, the casting of the movie was superb.  Emma Stone, who I think is the most impressive young actress to come along in a long while, plays Skeeter, who changes the lives of those around her through the course of the story.  Bryce Dallas Howard is the Southern belle you love to hate.  But it is Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer who steal the show, with their poignant and spunky performances, respectively.  The Help should do well during the upcoming awards season, and rightly so.  Highly recommended.

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