Movie

The Help

by Meghann on August 23, 2011

Have you read The Help yet? If not, what are you waiting for?

It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and it will make you think about how different life was in the 1960s. Buy it. Now. 🙂

I had purchased The Help on audiobook a few weeks ago hoping it would entertain me through a few long runs. After about 10 minutes I was hooked and couldn’t put it down. Over the next week or so, my ipod rarely left my side. I would listen as I cooked dinner, as I settled into bed at night, as I cleaned the house, and I even plugged it in every time I drove my car. After I finished, I started it over and began listening again. Addicted. I was addicted.

I couldn’t wait to see the film adaptation and, luckily, neither could Courtney.

We agreed to see the 11:00am showing as soon as I got back in town.

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Surprisingly the 11:00am time slow was a sold out showing. I’m not sure if it was the $6.00-before-noon tickets or the retirement home bus parked outside, but it was a packed house!

Of course, it goes without saying that the book was better than the movie (but when is that ever not the case?). There were a few creative liberties taken to tie-in some stories within the two and a half hour time span and I wonder what people who hadn’t read the book lost in character development because of it. You could tell a vast majority of the audience had already read the book when Minnie appeared on the screen with the pie and everyone started giggling. I’m sure the others who hadn’t read were wondering what was so funny. 😉

The movie really played up the funnier portions of the book and turned The Help into more of a comedy. I always thought the book had a darker undertone, but they only vaguely touched on that – quickly churning over some of the darker moments with laughter and not fully explaining the tension between the maids and their white employers.

The casting was wonderfully done and Bryce Dallas Howard made a mean Hilly. My favorite casting was for Minnie – the actress nailed her perfectly. However, don’t get me started on Emma Stone’s (Skeeter’s) hair. You could tell their attempts at ‘frizzy curls’ wasn’t working in the hot and humid weather. Don’t worry, Emma. I feel your pain.

I’d say if you’re looking for a good laugh – go see The Help. It’s not the same as the book, but I thought they did a good job.

The movie ended around 1:30 and by the time I walked in my door around 2:00 – I was starving.

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I quickly made a snack plate to nibble on as I typed this post.

There was tabbouli and hummus

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tomatoes and carrots

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fresh figs <– my grocery splurge for the week

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and pita wedges

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I have a lot of work to catch up on this afternoon. Booooo…. I guess I had to return back to real life eventually? ;0

Have a great Tuesday everyone!

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