Film Review: The Help

I read the book, a little while before seeing the film, so I was a little prepared for the emotional rollercoaster that the film takes you on, much like the book on which is based. Kathryn Stockett is the author and her way of writing sucked you right in and made the book almost impossible to put down.

The film is much the same.

Somewhat interesting as most films that are books first, manage to miss out a few characters, some parts of the story. This one is quite unique, as not only do they manage to keep the same emotional tones and feeling of the book, but also the major storylines and character arcs. A real achievement, by the director and scriptwriter, in this case - it was one person doing both jobs.

The acting in this film, top of the line performances, from each and every one of them. From the smaller walk ons, to the major performers, every single actor was putting their all into their parts and it shows.

I don't want to mention names, because I want to write this, the way they wrote the stories in the film and the book. No names. Because all of them count, and deserve to be listed first and if you see this film, you will know what I mean.

Comments

  1. The first quote comes from another film, where all the actors were brilliant:
    "Galahad: I don't like him - the Roman. If he's here to dispatch us, then why doesn't he just give us our papers?
    Gawain: Is this your happy face? Galahad, do you still not know the Romans? They can't scratch their asses without holding a ceremony."

    And the second comes from another film, where some times you cry and others you laugh at some of the scenes, like the film reviewed:
    "Joanne: You're calling me a freak?
    Tommy: No, I'm calling you a product of baboon lovin'. There's a distinction."

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