Title: The Help Director: Tate Taylor Year: 2011 Run time: 2hrs 26m
“The Help is an inspirational, courageous and empowering story about very different, extraordinary women in the 1960s South who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project - one that breaks society’s rules and puts them all at risk. Filled with poignancy, humour and hope, The Help is a timeless, universal and triumphant story about the ability to create change.”
3:15 - 95 cents an hour doesn’t sound like much, even in ye olde days. 4:36 - Miss Skeeter has an awesome car. Love the wings at the back. 13:01 - It’s interesting that these people don’t know how to clean or tidy or anything. Those skills had to be relearnt again, I guess. 14:37 - Can’t take the Pitch Perfect lady seriously. Hope she doesn’t throw up! 18:56 - “That’s a little too everything.” At least she’s honest. 27:56 - Does the matchstick between your teeth really work? 40:49 - Church isn’t my thing but at least gospel is properly uplifting. 42:33 - Proper writer, “this isn’t about me, it doesn’t matter what I think.” 50:14 - She says it’s not working out too good, but I thought being covered in flour was what cooking was all about. 59:22 - Minny is terrifying. Mr C is going for “fearsome.” 1:05:26 - “Frying chicken just tends to make you feel better about life.” 1:07:24 - “Minny don’t burn chicken.” 1:15:08 - I feel like the order is all mixed up from the book, but it makes more sense this way! 1:24:56 - She was hoovering a giant bear. As you do. 1:28:29 - Love that the first thing Abie said was “What do you want me to do?” 1:31:12 - She’s writing this all down on pencil and paper. Her hand must ache! 1:42:30 - Celia’s dress is actually really nice, just a bit showy for the period. 1:56:08 - The chicken! I’m crushed. 2:09:41 - Instinctive reaction, everyone is clapping, quick, start clapping too. 2:18:48 - Great parting shot.
I was keen on watching this one when it first came out, but then I wanted to wait until I had read the book, which I just did very recently. I loved the book, so was interested to see how it converted to the screen, particularly how Emma Stone did - as I think she’s pretty cool.
I thought it was really very good. It stuck to the book almost religiously, with just a few things simplified or lost in translation to keep the length of the film down… if you count more than two hours as keeping it down.
It took a while for the characters to really come to life, but about halfway through, it seemed to kick into gear. I thought Octavia as Minny was fantastic, and Bryce as Hilly portrayed the terrible attitude perfectly. Emma was also great, but the film was stolen by the maids more than anyone.