Recommendation: The Help
Keeping with the movie theme today, I wanted to share my latest movie recommendation, “The Help”. During the holidays I sat down to watch the heart felt adaptation of Kathyrn Stockett’s novel of the same name. The movie inspired me enough to read the novel, which I am currently in the midst of doing right now (so far its incredibly entertaining and such an eye opener as well as living up to the critical acclaim).
The film itself is set in Jackson, Mississippi during the 1960s Civil Rights era in America that tells the story of Skeeter (Emma Stone) a journalist who decides to write a controversial book from the perspective of the maids, known as the help. “The Help” features stellar performances by Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Emma Stone, (just to name a few) who star in this remarkable film that helps shed light on the despicable racism that African American maids were subjected to during their every day lives working for white families.
It is amazing the strength these women portrayed, to think that this sort of behavior existed not too long ago and that people treated other human beings this way is beyond belief. The movie as well as the original book displays some of the daily obstacles that African Americans had to face, although it does not go into great detail it does provide a heartbreaking commentary on some of the injustices suffered.