Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, Skeeter (Emma Stone) is a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends’ lives — and a Mississippi town — upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen (Viola Davis), Skeeter’s best friend’s housekeeper, is the first to open up — to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community. Despite Skeeter’s life-long friendships hanging in the balance, she and Aibileen continue their collaboration and soon more women come forward to tell their stories — and as it turns out, they have a lot to say. Along the way, unlikely friendships are forged and a new sisterhood emerges, but not before everyone in town has a thing or two to say themselves when they become unwittingly — and unwillingly — caught up in the changing times. Written by Walt Disney Pictures
The Help which was based on a novel by Kathryn Stockett is a very inspiring story. It gave us a glimpse of what life was all about in Mississippi during the 1960’s. People during those times lives in a community where social discrimination was very much into rampant. And even though that I already live in a much different time compared to before. I think such things really exist in our society.
When I first saw this film, I just couldn’t help it but I cried so badly! I guess its because I was so totally caught up in the strong emotions that were perfectly portrayed by each and every actors in the film; that all of the casts in the movie were all so good that its as if they were all born to play such characters. And one thing that I’ve notice in the film is that almost all the actors and actresses were so damn beautiful! But its a good thing that their great acting really did overlook their appearance. In a way they’ve presented themselves with substance over style.
It may seemed to be a much different story compared to Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird”, but the thought from both stories are still the same, “Justice for Social Inequality”. Which will always remind us that no matter who we are in our society; People should always have the right footing. For it is not our status, our race, our religion, or even our achievements that will truly define us. It’s on how we treat other people. Lets face it, no matter what we do, we can never achieve this thing called 100% EQUALITY. But the thing is, at least we treat those people around us with utter respect. Also with real sincerity.
I too have my fair share of mistakes, and through the years I’ve learned a lot, but I know that I still have a long way to go. To respect the others, it should start within ourselves. And lastly, I feel so bad for not buying the book when I saw a very rare edition a few months ago. For it is definitely a wonderful, and a very thought provoking kind of story.