It’s a riveting tale. “The Help” is a masterpiece that you can’t help but love. Eugenia
‘Skeeter’ Phelan (Emma Stone) is an aspiring writer during the civil rights movement who is looking for a way to express the thoughts of the African-American maid’s working for the white families. Of course this task is not easy and it takes some persuasion to get the maids on board. Once they do the stories begin flowing.
Skeeter is not like the other girls in Mississippi. It is obvious she does not believe in the same things her friends do. Returning from college and determined to become a mainstream writer she will turn the town upside down and lose a few friends along the way. The first maid Skeeter approaches is Aibileen (Viola Davis) who works for Skeeter’s best-friend. At first apprehensive Aibileen refuses to help Skeeter, but after fear that things will never be equal she begins to tell her tale.
Her words are honest and you feel for this woman and her struggles. Revealing the truth of her current job that she is raising Elizabeth’s child (Ahna O’Reilly) and now there is another baby on the way. It is obvious that young Mae Mobley (Emma Henry) has a connection with Aibileen, one that only a mother should have, but Elizabeth does not seem to have a mothering bone in her body and her child is suffering the consequences of that.
As more maids come forward all the stories are making the book into an instant hit. Soon it comes time for one final story, the story from the writer herself, Skeeter who looked at her maid as a mother figure. As truths are revealed Skeeter realizes this book is a masterpiece and something she hopes everyone can learn from.
“The Help” is refreshing and possibly the best film of the year. As many relationships are tested and lost a new sisterhood emerges of woman who are much stronger and independent then they use to be. Oscar worthy performances by Emma Stone and Viola Davis are noticed. Not to mention the amusing Octavia Spencer as Minny Jackson who was a scene stealer throughout the film. Be sure to pick up your copy on Blu Ray/DVD now for some extra bonuses that include deleted scenes, the making of and a tribute to the maids of Mississippi.