I got to go watch the premiere last night of the new Disney movie, The Help. I had read the book and wanted a different opinion so brought Melanie along who hadn’t read the book yet .
It was a big hit with both of us – and from the crowd’s reaction it was a hit with everyone! It’s a whirlwind of emotions – some parts are very serious, some parts are upsetting to see, some parts are downright hilarious! I think not knowing what was coming made the jokes that much funnier – Melanie was laughing like crazy. But from my side I knew and loved the characters already and they really picked all the perfect actors. It’s not often you see a movie where you have no complaints after having read the book.
For anyone who doesn’t know the backstory, it’s about maids and housekeepers in Mississippi in the 1960’s who group together with a local white girl and they all write a book together about how it really is to work for these white families. It’s crazy to see how these very young white women treat their maids – these ladies often raised them and are now raising their kids – but the help can’t use indoor washrooms, same silverware etc. I remember wondering about that when I read the book – was it like this in Canada too? And what happened to this generation of women who didn’t raise their own children and left all the cooking and cleaning to the help? And what happened to the help once the children were raised? What were their lives really like? This movie really puts you in the moment, you can really imagine what it would have been like at that exact point in time. Some scenes are really upsetting, some make you laugh like a hyena (melanie) and some really make you think. I think if you read the book you will love seeing it come to life – I can’t think of one thing I would have done differently. If you haven’t read the book you will enjoy it as it, just a great movie! You really get to love the characters, and hate a few of them too. Every actor was perfect for their role, one of those movies you lose yourself in and it almost becomes real. The scenery is great, the clothing and all the actors really made you believe it was the 1960’s! It was mostly women in the audience but I think most men would really enjoy it too. Perfect movie for a girl’s night out though, and lots to talk about after. There is one thing that happens in the movie (and book) that is just priceless – you guys will all know what I mean when you see it! 🙂 Make sure to use the washroom before because it’s 146 minutes long – it flew by. The movie started at 7 and when it finished I thought it was around 830, nope it was 930! Not often you get to totally lose yourself in a movie!
And thanks to Disney one person will be winning a cute The Help prize pack, which includes:
· THE HELP hand held novelty fan
· THE HELP nail file
· THE HELP bookmark
To enter comment here with why you want to win this prize pack. To earn a 2nd entry like them on facebook and post here that you did.
Contest open to all Canadians and will end August 10th at noon!
Movie starts August 10th – grab some girlfriends and make a night of it! 🙂