Starring: Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, Viola Davis
Based on the novel of the same name by Kathryn Stockett, The Help is set in the American south at a time where segregation was, unfortunately, alive and well. It tells the story of Skeeter (Emma Stone) trying to find her way as a writer eventually giving voice to the African American maids that dote on the families, the children in particular, of the community’s families. What stands apart for this movie is the outstanding performances given by the ensemble cast. You’d never recognize Jessica Chastain from this year’s Zero Dark Thirty, and it’s easy to forget that Emma Stone was in Superbad years prior.
If there are any criticisms of the film, it’s in the length. Clocking in at a healthy 2 hours and 20 minutes, the film moves along nicely enough, but there are times where the length is noticeable. Potential bathroom breaks aside, now that this movie is available on multiple platforms, it’s a must watch for any movie fan.