The Help is a story full of racism and discrimination. It’s a 2011 movie directed by Tate Taylor and based on the novel of the same name by Kathryn Stockett.
It stars Emma Stone, as 22 year old Skeeter. She’s returned to Mississippi, after graduating from school, with dreams to become a successful writer. She gets a job at the local news paper, but her mother (Allison Janney) isn’t happy. She just wants Skeeter to find a man and get married. But Skeeter isn’t interested. Instead she gets an idea that could put herself and the people involved in danger.
Then there’s Aibileen (Viola Davis), a coloured woman who works as a house maid for a white family with a young daughter that they have no time for. Aibileen is dedicated to looking after the poor girl, the seventeenth white child she’s raised. Her own son was killed at work, where his bosses looked the other way.
Finally there’s Minny (Octavia Spencer), Aibileen’s best friend and the best damn cook in town. She’s funny and sassy, and also a black maid for one of the woman in town, Hinny (Bryce Dallas Howard). Until she’s fired and finds herself working for Celia (Jessica Chastain), the social outcast because she was born into a working-class family and she’s married to Hinny’s old boyfriend. But Celia, treats Minny with respect and like an equal, as she faces problems of her own.
The plot is about Skeeter’s plan to write a book from black maid’s perspectives. It’s set in the 60’s during a time where people were discriminated because of their skin colour.
The movie is beautiful. I loved the relationship between the maids and Skeeter, and the friendship between Minny and Celia, and the scene at the end where Celia and her husband treat Minny to a special lunch just for her. It really sheds light on how big the racism was back then and how terrible it was.
I recommend that everyone watch this movie! It was stunning. I’m very excited to go read the book now, as I’ve heard good reviews for it. I’ll give you a review when I’ve read it.