You've convinced me Naomi - I must see this film. I loved the book. I read it because Randall said the EMBLOS rated it highly.
It indicates the importance of art - films, books, paintings etc that chronicle man's inhumanity to man. I could never forget the news reels of American black women being mown down with hoses by police in the sixties and as a young girl seeing newsreels of Belsen. These horrors shouldn't be forgotten or swept under the carpet.
I couldn't wait to come over here to see what you have to say about the nominations. I still haven't seen the Help but it is on my absolute to do list, especially after reading your review.
Obviously the rest of the Academy agrees with you.
As Pat mentioned, I read the book on the advice of the EMBLOS. We then saw the movie when it came out. I liked both, but the book delved into the characters a lot more. I've been waiting to write a review, but I've not had the time.
What a great review!!!! It's in my Netflix queue!!!!
I LOVED this movie when I saw it. It's important, it's informative, and it puts a human face on a very dehumanizing period in our country's history. I thought all the performances were stellar and I hope they get a great many awards for this film. Oh, and I saw Jessica Chastain in "The Debt" after I saw her in "The Help" even though "The Debt" came out first, I believe. I didn't recognize her in "The Debt" at first and was shocked at her transformation between those two roles. "The Debt" is also a very good movie.
The Help is such a wonderful film. I also got to see The Descendants that you recommended-I loved it! Wow what a powerful film.
Thanks for the review of this film, not one I'd normally choose but it sounds interesting. I think I'd like the Skeeter character and what she brings to the film.
All your recommendations have been wonderful so I add this one to my list.
Much love and hugs to you, my dear friend. xo
I loved the book more than the movie, but I guess most people say that about the book/movie relationship. Growing up in North Carolina in the 60's I did witness some leftover unspoken Jim Crowe stuff. It wasn't pretty, that's for sure. One of my blogger friends just did a cynical post about why anyone would care about the Oscars and other award shows and I explained that some people really love it. I am one of those people. I just heard about the Thomas Ince book today (Thomas Ince: Hollywood's Independent Pioneer) and have to have it. Looking forward to the Oscars!
i am not surprised this movie made the Oscar cut.!! this and the Artist are both nice changes to be recognized ...of course I look forward to the Oscars
I loved, loved, LOVED this movie. My 14-year-old daughter, who saw the movie with me a few months back, enjoyed it very much too. (I chose not to read the book after seeing the film as I didn't want to compare the two because I liked the film so much.) The story line was wonderful, the acting divine. I go around the house all the time saying in a Southern accent: "You is kind. You is smart. You is important."
I loved this movie too and the preformances were wonderful. I am glad, though, that I read the book first. I thought the book was better, but a difficult task to put such a large cast from print to screen. I hope it wins many awards.
yes, a must see/must read - the help - as the product of a white family who maintained domestic help, i am, sadly, all too familiar with the class/racial distinctions that ran rampant during this era - and in some cases, even more sadly, that remain today - my first memories of the true meaning of injustice came as a result of that very thing - as always your reviews are so thorough and interesting - thanks very much!
When we were going to Paris I bought this book at the airport for my husband. I don’t think he read it, so now I’ll have to find it and read it. I wanted to see the movie but it left our area. Maybe now it will be back and if so, I’d go and see it.
As a child of the fities and sixties who grew up in a small town in Ga., I saw every bit of this and just hated it! We had our made for 31 years and I loved her dearly!! We gave her a diamond ring when she retired. Their house burned down abd my father and the man her husband worked for built them a brand new house! But, I also saw them wait until we were done before she could eat. They made her ride in the back seat when they picked her up. Very demeaning! When I turned sixteen and picked her I made her sit in the front seat with me! This book tells like it was!
it is certainly getting plenty of accolades. I have not seen it yet, but intend to rent it. I meant to ask you, have you been watching Downton Abbey on Masterpiece Theatre?
I have been wanting to see this one and meant to while it was being shown here in town. Someone said they went and at the end everyone clapped! When that happens you know everyone felt as you did, that it was a wonderful movie! It's on my list!
It was interesting to see the difference in art between the written word and film. Each had high points- and they weren't the same.
Viola Davis was (always is) superlative with her power of understatment. Her performances let the character- the plot- rise like the sun beyond the landscape. Imperceptably- but surely.
There was some controversy over the book it was based on (by the woman who believes it was her stories that were used but with no credit to her; but I have heard nothing but praise for the film and book.
They do mostly think Meryl Streep will get the Oscar this time or maybe Glenn Close but from what I have read many feel it should go to Viola Davis. I liked Jessica Chastain a lot in Tree of Life and see her as a very versatile actress probably with a long career ahead of her.
Mum says she struggled with the dialog of the book, but I think we'd both enjoy the film.
I hope you're well :)
I read the book first and I loved it. The first few chapters, written in the dialect and person of the character recounting it, were a bit challenging, just to get the rhythm, but the story was so compelling, you worked through that and boom -- you were into an amazing story, beautifully written. I was frankly concerned about what I would see on the screen, because almost every movie adaptation I find is lacking compared to the book.
This one, I adored. And yes, there were things they left out, but they left out the right things -- they were fun backstories or good to know, but you didn't have to know about them to have the movie resonate. And those performances... I'm on the fence between Davis who was so spot on and Meryl who always is. If either win, I'll be happy.
This is on my list to see though having read the book, I'm in less a hurry to see it. I'm focused on some of the others that I'm unfamiliar with and trying to see what I can while the films are still in theaters. Loving all your reviews! I'd been hesitant to see The Descedents but you convinced me and I loved it!
I've not seen this one advertised over here in the UK. Maybe it will be a later release.
What a great review Naomi! I always love so have your opinion about movies. I would love also to see The Descendants that you recommended. I must to see those both films... but I must to wait them in DVD...
I hope you're well, my dear Naomi!
I haven't seen the film yet, but I loved the book. Loved the character development and the story.
It's great reading your "take" on things. Because of your glowing critique this will be a must see!
I haven't had the opportunity to get out and see many movies lately but hope I can catch up somewhat...
The movie sounds wonderful.
I loved the book and I saw the movie twice. I think it should be required reading and viewing!!
I really enjoyed "The Help"!
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