It is definitely the best movie of the summer, possibly of the year.
Based in Jackson, Mississippi during the Civil Rights era, The Help focuses on two black maids and the privileged white woman who sets them free. It closely follows the sensational bestseller (of the same name) written by Kathryn Stockett. The book was on the New York Bestseller List for 120 weeks.
Four of the actresses could easily be contenders for the 2012 Oscars. Emma Stone captures the courage and passionate spirit of Skeeter, the young, educated white woman who is determined to expose the lives of colored maids. Viola Davis delivers a spectacular performance as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer plays the outspoken Minny. Bryce Dallas Howard plays the part of Hilly Hillbrook, the "godless" woman who is leader of the Junior League.
On the lighter side...strains of bathroom humour run throughout the movie.
When I read the book a few months ago, I couldn't put it down. This morning, I am still thinking about the movie I saw yesterday.
I highly recommend the book and the movie.
Watch the trailer.