I read The Help a couple years ago when it first came out. I thought right away, this would make a great movie! Well,  I wasn’t disappointed. It really was a wonderful film. Although [of course] they can’t have everything that the book contained, the writer/director did a great job. I read somewhere that Tate Taylor the director is a life-time friend of Kathryn Stockett the author and optioned The Help before it was even published. If you are unfamiliar with the story it tells the story of a newly graduated Skeeter [Eugenia] Phelan. She goes back to her hometown in Mississippi to visit her family and friends. While there for the summer she applies for, and gets. a job at the local newspaper. Being that the job she gets is a cleaning column [something of which she is hardly familiar with] she enlists the aid of one of her friends maids- The Help. This story involves a lot. It is about civil rights, the roles people play and on a lot of levels friendship. It [to me] was reminiscent of Fried Green Tomatoes.  Another book I loved that also made a wonderful movie. At the heart of this story is Aibilen, brilliantly realized by Viola Davis, and Minny, also amazingly played by Octavia Spencer. These are the two women who first begin telling their stories to Skeeter [played by Emma Stone]. This whole cast was brilliant with stand out performances at every turn. I really could go on and on, but the fact is you should really read The Help for yourself…Then hustle over to the theater and see the movie..
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