From the moment I saw the previews, I knew I wanted to see the movie “The Help“. Although I did not read the book, the movie did a great job of showing women taking risks and becoming empowered - particularly Skeeter and Abilene. Skeeter is a recent college graduate who was not like most women at that time. She isn’t interested in getting married or having children immediately, but is more concerned with her personal goals, one of which is to be a journalist and/or novelist. Abilene decided to take a risk (which broke Jim Crow laws) by talking to Skeeter and sharing her struggles and experiences as a maid. Her mother had been a maid and her grandmother had been a house slave, so being a maid/servant was the only occupation she was familiar with. Eventually others joined in, but it was only after the realization that this was the only way of their voices being heard.
With the backdrop of the civil rights movement of the 1960s and the expectations among various classes of women, this is an excellent film that I intend to purchase when it is made available on DVD. This will make an excellent conversation starter among all age groups. Loved it!
- MOVIES: ‘The Help’ offers fresh perspective on the 1960s Civil Rights movement (kitsapsun.com)
- MOVIE REVIEW: The Help Is About as Good As It Gets (sdobbie46.wordpress.com)