Review: The Help

The Help
Release Date: August 10, 2011
Actors: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer
Genre: Drama
Rating: PG-13
Current Location: DVD
5/5 Robots: Inspirational and funny!

An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maid's point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.

Inspirational, check. Funny, check. Emotional, check. Seriously, this movie has everything you would want in it. Great acting, great storytelling, great everything! It by far is one of the best movies of the year. It's no surprise that it's being nominated for numerous academy awards. My only hope is that it will dethrone The Artist for best picture. Yes, this movie is that good. For me the academy awards are all about celebrating the best of the years. The Help was the best movie of the year. If The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was nominated then there would be some isle competition in my opinion. But alas, the only real contender is the Artist, the silent black and white film.

Now, enough about the Oscars, and back to the movie. The film is about Alabama during a time when racism and prejudice was at a high point. Maids in the south weren't being treated with the common respect of any human being. I loved how the movie intertwined humor with real issues. It takes a lot of skill to do it with tact. I loved all the humor and the acting was phenomenal. This was about women, and the females in the film drove the show. Viola Davis, Ocatvia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, and Emma Stone were absolutely fantastic. I feel as though the author of the book must be very pleased with how it turned out. So many books turned movies are mediocre at best. Its very difficult to adapt a three hundred page novel into a 2 hour film. The Help proved that it can be accomplished.

I recommend this movie to anyone who likes inspirational stories that make you laugh.

Academy Award Nominations: Best Picture, Best Actress (Viola Davis), Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain) (4 total)


  1. I saw it at the bookstore and now your review is making me itch to go buy it :D

  2. I've been curious about this since the movie came out. Sounds like a wonderful read. Something to perk up the afternoon.

  3. I absolutely love this movie an book it's sad at some points I loved the Pie part an Toilet part :)

  4. I loved this movie, Emma Stone is one of my favorite actors so it was a must see for me. Great review.