Review The Help keep right on helping.

Clinging to the Vine: Help from The Help

Review The Help keep right on helping.
” The Help ” is a safe film about a volatile subject.
Presenting itself as the story of how African-American maids in the South viewed their employers during Jim Crow days, it is equally the story of how they empowered a young white woman to write a best-seller about them,
and how that book transformed the author’s mother. We are happy for the two white women, and a third, but as the film ends it is still Jackson, Mississippi and Ross Barnett is still governor.

Still, this is a good film, involving and wonderfully acted. I was drawn into the characters and quite moved,

even though all the while I was aware it was a feel-good fable, a story that deals with pain but doesn’t care to be that painful.

We don’t always go to the movies for searing truth, but more often for reassurance: Yes, racism is vile and cruel, but hey, not all white people are bad.

The story, based on Kathryn Stockett’s best-seller, focuses on Skeeter Phelan (Emma Stone),

a recent college graduate who comes home and finds she doesn’t fit in so easily.

Stone has top billing, but her character seems a familiar type, and the movie is stolen, one scene at a time,อ่านต่อ

 

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