Based on a book written by Kathryn Stockett, The Help is a film that captivates and inspires. The Help is set in Jackson, Mississippi, during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and focuses on the racial tensions in this date and time. What makes The Help unique from other tellings of the Civil Rights Movement is the perspective—the story is told from the points of view of three women: an aspiring Caucasian journalist (Emma Stone) and two African-American maids (Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer). What starts out as the young writer’s desire to publish the previously silent opinions of “the help” (household servants) grows into a moving revelation of injustice and discontent as the maids confide in her the uncensored truth of their experiences.
Witty, heartbreaking, and thought-provoking, this movie offers a glimpse from a new perspective into the difficulties faced by those who favored the idea of racial equality in Mississippi during the 1960s. If you haven’t seen The Help yet, I highly recommend that you do.