Film: The Help

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Directed by Tate Taylor, The Help is an influential film inspired by and adapted from the novel of the same name by Kathryn Stockett. The movie is an outstanding representation of the type of persecution African Americans had to endure up until the African-American Civil Rights Movement was passed in 1968 when discrimination towards the ‘Negro’ population of America, began to dissipate. Starring Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Octavia Spencer and Emma Stone, the film follows Skeeter’s (Emma Stone) fight for the equality between the nationalities during the same time as Martin Luther King Jr. was initiating marches for the rights of his people. Though not based on true events, the movie depicts scenes that…show more content…
This is a concept that may be foreign to some as one of the things people strive for is acknowledgment for their accomplishments however for Skeeter, clandestineness was a necessity. When Skeeter’s book got published, it was under an anonymous name for the safety of the maids she was writing about rather than for her own. Despite this, the stories were personal and specific enough that the residents of the town of Jackson began to get suspicious as to whether the book was about them. Due to quick thinking by one specific maid, however, the book held within it, insurance to assure that a certain influential member of the town would go to their grave protesting against the book being about Jackson. Skeeter and the maids work together to create a masterpiece of the novella which depicts both the good and bad experience by the employed ‘Negros’ at the time yet without the teamwork and care that both parties showed each other, this feat would not have been possible. This collaboration shows that no matter the racial or class distinctions, with loyal and dedicated friends, one can achieve anything and it is this that adds to the inspiration of the…show more content…
While it is not uncommon for people to object to a movie on a superficial level such as the choice of actors or the ability to portray an aspect correctly, it is with shame is witness people criticize a movie that is attempting to promote change, awareness, and inspiration. For those that wish to criticize a movie, let them harass one that is a lighter hearted matter such as a comedy, sci-fi, action or drama movie that is meant to entertain. I am aware that I am not the best judge of film as I tend to enjoy many that others discard as terribly done however for those that simply attack a movie for the sake of it, I wonder where they find enjoyment. If one wishes to criticize a movie for trivial and shallow reasons than I believe it is only fair that they first produce a movie that is half as
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