A few weeks ago, I finished up The Help, and I knew then that I MUST see the movie when it came out. After Susan read it, she suggested that she, her niece Kayla, and I go see it opening weekend, and I readily agreed. The three of us and Kayla's friend Jessica went yesterday, and I must say, I am so glad we did!
If you haven't read the book, I would certainly suggest reading it before seeing the movie. (I always prefer to read first, see second.) While the movie is quite true to the novel, changes have been made in order to preserve time. After the movie, we went to Macaroni Grill for dinner and to discuss. None of us were disappointed.
The casting was superb. Throughout the book, I hated Hilly. Bryce Dallas Howard played the character just the way I imagined her to be. Several times I caught myself muttering, "Bitch!" ;) Emma Stone did a fantastic job as "Skeeter" (even if she is much too pretty to be Skeeter as she is described in the book), and Octavia Spencer nailed "Minny." The cute little actresses who portrayed Mae Mobley did such a great job. At the end, when Mae Mobley says to Aibie, "You is kind. You is smart. You is important" I lost it.
I will be horribly disappointed if Ms. Spencer is overlooked for an Oscar! In fact, I will be surprised if this movie doesn't walk away with most of the awards. I may have to watch the Oscar show next year.
We laughed, we cried, we laughed some more, and then we tried really hard not to do that "ugly" cry. You know the one where you can't breathe because you're crying so hard...yeah, that one. Several times I caught myself doing the "lip suck" so that I wouldn't openly sob.
As soon as the DVD is released, I'll be buying it. This is one of those movies that you will want to see over and over, even though you know you'll cry every single time.
Grab your girlfriends and head out to your local theater. See this one on the big screen. You won't be sorry!
Have a GREAT day!