The Help (2011) is a brightly coloured performance by Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Cicely Tyson and Emma Stone. Viola was excellent from the beginning until the end. Her facial expression (even without the dialogue) powerfully conveys a message – the hardships of racism and longings for freedom and justice that is concealed with a fearful yet unyielding spirit. On the other hand, Octavia’s portrayal of her tamed and subtly aggressive character triumphantly engages its audience in the middle of this 2-hour long film. Octavia’s character brings a mixed streak of humor, pain and profound care (scenes with Celia Foote as portrayed by Jessica Chastain). Though Cicely Tyson’s appearance was brief in her portrayal of Constantine Jefferson, it was simply superb acting. Emma Stone’s depiction of Eugenia/Skeeter as a naive newcomer writer but with an unwavering passion for goodness (a value influenced by Constantine) and unconventional perspectives complements the surrounding strong characters of the cast. Other performances by Bryce Dallas Howard, Jessica Chastain, Allison Janney and Sissy Spacek were also brilliant.
In The Help (2011), it is also remarkable to notice the fad of the 1960s – vintage cars, dresses, hairstyles and lifestyle.
The tragedies brought by racism may not have been outrightly manifested in visuals but the essence of its effects were eminently presented by the outstanding acting prowess of the cast.
No race or ethnicity is superior from the other. The Help (2011) is a triumph for the respect for human dignity.
The Help Notable Quotes
Constantine Jefferson: [to Eugenia/Skeeter] Every day you’re not dead in the ground, when you wake up in the morning, you’re gonna have to make some decisions. Got to ask yourself this question: “Am I gonna believe all them bad things them fools say about me today?” You hear me today? “Am I gonna believe all them bad things them fools say about me today? You hear me today?” All right? As for your mama, she didn’t pick her life. It picked her. But you, you’re gonna do something big with yours. You wait and see.
Aibileen Clark: God says we need to love our enemies. It hard to do. But it can start by telling the truth. No one had ever asked me what it feel like to be me. Once I told the truth about that, I felt free. And I got to thinking about all the people I know. And the things I seen and done. My boy Treelore always said we gonna have a writer in the family one day. I guess it’s gonna be me.
Change begins with a whisper.
© rooks 2012