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- Tomatometer=8,9 of 10 Stars
- Info=The Help is a movie starring Emma Stone, Viola Davis, and Octavia Spencer. An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids’ point of view on the white
- actor=Octavia Spencer
- creator=Kathryn Stockett
- Runtime=146 M
When I read Kathryn Stockett’s novel, The Help, it took me less than three days to read cover to cover. I fell in love with every character and imagined that, as a film, it would be stunning, emotive and compelling. Unfortunately, this adaptation didn’t live up to my expectations.
While Viola Davis and Jessica Chastain in particular, were both cast perfectly for their roles, I feel that a lot of the characters lacked individuality and spark. Some lovely characters (like Lou Anne) were erased all together, which disappointed me. Other characters, like Elizabeth Leefolt and Elaine Stein were cast incorrectly and did not live up to their full potential, I believe.
One commendable thing that The Help does, is that it tries to involve as much of the original story as possible. However, the book itself is so intricately woven with numerous stories, I feel that a lot of the poignant story lines from the book were not portrayed very well and appeared patchy in the film. Skeeter and Stuart’s relationship, Celia’s ongoing struggle with her change in class, and Mae Mobely’s alone time with Aibeleen, for example. Another thing is Skeeter’s mother’s illness. In the book, her deteriorating health acts as an extended metaphor for the anonymously published book, and the struggles faced through it, but none of this was shown in the film, despite the fact that it could have worked very well.
I don’t feel that drama is created particularly well, the whole involvement of Constantine came across as a bit ‘naff’ unlike the book, where it was incredibly moving. However, comedic scenes are the film’s strongest point in my eyes. Minnie’s ‘Terrible Awful’ occurrence and Celia Foote’s portrayal in particular, were very funny, and evoked genuine laugh out loud moments.
All in all, however, I am sad to say that, despite some brilliant acting, The Help failed to live up to it’s potential, appearing mismatched and vague. I feel that it would have developed better had it been created as a TV series. A slightly above average film, but still rather disappointing.