Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Help

Oscar season may have begun early with this adaptation of the popular book of the same name.  For those of you unfamiliar with the book (also known as males) the story focuses on the class difference between whites and blacks in Mississippi in the 1960's.  At that time blacks weren't slaves, but as housemaids and nanny's to rich young white girls they weren't treated much different.

This is a completely female driven film.  In fact, there isn't a single significant male role.  And that's actually a breath of fresh air amidst all the male dominated super hero franchises and summer blockbusters.  The performances are strong across the board including Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, and Jessica Chastain.  It's hard to imagine none them getting an Oscar nomination, but it's such a good ensemble, it's equally hard to say who deserves it the most.  All in all it's a well made film likely to be compared to 'The Color Purple', and that movie scored 11 Oscar nominations in 1986.  And I'd say these two are probably separate but equal.

Women often complain that there aren't enough films made for women.  And rightly so.  Well this is one, and it's a really good one.  So this is your chance, ladies, to tell Hollywood these types of films can be profitable.  Don't delay, go see it this weekend, otherwise this time next year your only choice will be 'Sex and the City 3:  Back to the Minors'.

Grade: A

1 comment:

  1. I might be the only person I know who was not really a fan of the book, so I'm banking on the movie to be a lot more enjoyable. Plus I can't get enough of Emma Stone!