After watching the trailer for The Help I expected a light-weight movie about the life of African-American maids in Jackson Mississippi in the 1960’s with a happy-ending to it. The trailer makes it appear to be a comedy but it is not just a comedy it is a deeply touching human story filled with humor and heartbreak.
The film adaption of Kathryn Stockett’s novel of the same name is a drama about the African-American maids who are employed in white families. They cook, they clean the house and raise their children but they are not treated with any respect.
It is an excellent ensemble performance, I was drawn into the lives of the characters and quite moved. The Help is about two and a half hours long but for me the movie didn’t seem to be that long at all. It never got boring there were funny parts where I had to laugh a lot and other parts were troubled and sad and they also made me think about US society back then. The story deals with a painful subject but does not care to be that painful for the viewer. Even though the theme in the movie is a very depressing one, the viewer will be satisfied with the outcome of the film.
After seeing the movie I was very inspired and I wanted to know more about the civil rights movement.
The Help by Tate Taylor is coming to movie theaters on 8 December and I’d recommend the movie to everyone who likes a drama with historical background and with some humorous parts- you will enjoy it!