Review: THE HELP
Bottom Line: Certainly not flawless, but it does a good job of adapting the author’s style to the screen.
Based on the book by Kathryn Stockett, THE HELP is a poignant, moving film, peppered with light-hearted humor every now and then to spice up the otherwise sad plot, which ultimately reaches the point of being somewhat depressing. Emma Stone, who we know from EASY A and ZOMBIELAND, plays a great Skeeter Phelan, changing her accent to that of an aspiring Mississippian author for a two-hour-and-seventeen-minute long production; and Bryce Dallas Howard, who we can slightly recognize from THE VILLAGE and TERMINATOR SALVATION, portrays an even better Hilly Holbrook, a racist antagonist of the story. Compared to Kathryn Stockett’s debut novel from only two years before, this film is very, very close to being as good. It portrays the author’s view on racism in just the perfect light, and it is powered by great acting and cinematography that the author couldn’t create, making THE HELP a near-flawless production. Truly, it is the best way we can see what the rights of African-Americans were in 1962.