Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Movie Review: The Help

About a month ago, a marketing person contacted me via my Book Club contact info offering free passes to an advanced screening of The Help. She found our Book Club page and saw that we read The Help as one of our selections. Of course, everyone (mostly) in my Book Club jumped at the chance to see the movie early. Everyone loved the book and we had planned to go see the movie as a group when it came out anyway.

We got there super early (2 hours) because we weren't sure how many people would be showing up and we wanted good seats. Well turned out we were the first ones there. Yay! Hahaha. It was quite an interesting crowd, the ages varied but was definitely comprised of an older audience. Like, my parent's, grandparents even, age. We were some of the younger people there. We didn't care, we loved the book and were stoked to see the movie!

I have to say as far as movie adaptations go, I thought this was excellent! Not as good as the book, the movies rarely are, but still an excellent movie. Emma Stone (Easy A) plays one of the lead roles, I have to say she was not at all how I pictured Skeeter however, I LOVE Emma Stone and I thought she did the role justice.

The movie included all the major parts of the book that readers would expect to see. One storyline that they trimmed from the movie was the Skeeter/Stuart storyline. She still dates him in the movie, however his whole pedigree, family, and previous engagement are all but eliminated from the movie, whereas their relationship played a more prominent role in the book.

The one storyline that I would have liked to see more of was the Celia-Johnny-Minny trio. That was one of my favorite story lines in the book and while they do include some of it, they didn't include enough for my liking.

Like the book, The Help made me laugh and cry; it is a heartwarming, uplifting tale of family, friendship, love, loss, and fighting prejudice. If you haven't read The Help, the movie release is a great excuse to read the book then see the movie. You can't go wrong with either!

The Help will be in theaters on August 10th.


  1. Great review! I can't wait to see this. I only read the book recently but since I'd watched the trailer I pictured Emma Stone as Skeeter and Viola Davis as Abilene. I am sorry to hear that the Minny/Celia/Johnny storyline isn't as prominent because I really liked it and Minny was one of my favorite characters from the book.

  2. I"m sure you'll enjoy the movie, Christina! Minny is definitely porminent and they do have Celia & Johnny but it's just not as much as I would have liked. They don't have the naked guy that attacks Minny & Celia either. I kept waiting for that to happen... :P

  3. Lovely review!
    I do want to see this movie -I saw the trailer and decided to pick up the book, which I'm currently reading.

    Well, listening to, as I got the audiobook.

    I'm glad the movie is good, though I agree about the Celia/Johnny/Minny thing, so far they are my favorite :)

  4. Alex, So glad you got the audio! That's how I read it as well. I LOVED the accents and hearing the dialects. It's a LONG audiobook though!

  5. I'm glad that the movie lived up to the book. I think I'm one of the few people left who haven't read it yet.

  6. That's great, Mollie :) So cool. I'm glad you enjoyed the movie so much!!

  7. C, you gotta read it! It's awesome. The audiobook was extremely worth it!!!

    Nath, I really enjoyed it. Glad they were able to adapt it so well!

  8. I'm itching to see this movie. I've never read the book but with the movie coming out, I'm just going to do the movie instead of the book. Loved the review though.

  9. I definitely want to see this. I just finished reading the book from my library, in only four days.


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