I went to see The Help today and it was as good as the book. I read the book earlier this year, before I found out it was going to be released as a film. It was a great book, even made me cry in places. I managed to avoid the tears in the film though, although not sure Cameron did! 😛
If you’ve not read the book, it’s about the civil rights movement in America in the 1960’s. Set in Jackson, Mississippi, it’s about an aspiring journalist (Emma Stone) who decides to write a book about the hardships experienced by the black maids employed by well-off white families, including her own.
For me, it was quite hard to believe that it was only 50 years ago that these situations actually happened, the idea of building separate toilets for ‘coloureds’ to use is mind boggling, never mind the idea of labelling them ‘coloureds’. It’s a great film about the courage of those involved in the civil rights movement, the world would have been a very different place without them!
The acting in the film was amazing – Emma Stone played a brilliant Skeeter, and Viola Davies as Aibileen was simply wonderful! And best of all, unlike the last book to film adaptation I saw, the accents were spot on! It did surprise me how different Viola Davies looked out of character when I found this picture, she looks a lot younger than I thought she was – another testament to her acting!
If you’re interested in seeing the film, check out the trailer: