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The Help…A Glossy Review

August 11, 2011

Thanks everyone for my birthday wishes. I felt like I was clinking martini glasses, handing out air smooches and hugs with all of you!

When I started the blog I always wondered how people got to see movie screenings. Although I’m not in the big leagues, I have managed to get on a few PR lists and get to see movies now and again. Working my way on up!

I was thrilled to get an email inviting me and a guest to a screening of The Help. I had heard the buzz surrounding the film, some good, some bad. I had purchased the book but in the summer chaos that ensued I never got a chance to read it. Needless to say I went to the movie totally oblivious to the plot other than it was about some maids. Twitter had mixed commentary on speculation of what the movie would be about, so some of those thoughts were in the back of my head. However, I was prepared to make my own opinion.

The movie was captivating from the very beginning. The story telling was awesome. This is an incredible story. At times I wanted to shed a tear thinking about all that women of color have endured in the past. I had given little thought to what it might have meant to be a maid, other than cleaning and rearing children but to hear the stories opened my eyes to another perspective of what life must’ve been like back then. The actresses did a phenomenal job and really took you back to what Jackson, MS was probably like during this time.

I always like when movies based on historical facts are tastefully done.  I can only hope these type of movies evoke compassion and empathy in a way that will change minds and lives. This was an awesome film. I urge you to see this. Please go with an open mind.

GLOSSY METER: Dull/Lack Luster/Shiny/High Gloss

*I was given a free ticket to screen the movie. All opinions are my own*

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11 Comments

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    Daenel T
    August 11, 2011 at 10:24 am

    I read the book based on my sister’s recommendation and I loved it. I know some folks are upset about a white woman taking on the voices of black women but I think she did a good job. Sure some of the emotions of the time and the reactions to events were glossed over, but it’s a work of fiction, not a documentary. I can’t wait to see the movie.

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    Carla
    August 11, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    I’ve heard mixed reviews about the movie/book as well. I want to read the book first before I see the movie. I feel that when I read the book, it makes more sense when I’m watching the movie because the movies usually can’t contain everything anyway.

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      MrsTDJ
      August 11, 2011 at 2:36 pm

      Interesting Carla. I feel the exact opposite. I think that books turned into movies are usually horrible when I’ve read the book first. For me, the books are so full of detail and nuance, that the movies seem rushed and ultra condensed.

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    MrsTDJ
    August 11, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Glad to hear that you enjoyed it! Woo hoo for free screenings!! I’m looking forward to seeing it! Mom and I, along with a few of each of our friends are going tomorrow night. After that, I’ll tackle the novel since I have it on my Kindle.

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    Baby Shopaholic
    August 11, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    I plan to see it.. just don’t know when.

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    Nicole
    August 11, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Happy belated birthday to you! I was just asking my friends on fb about it. Still didn’t get a good understanding on how they like it or why. Hubby and i saw a preview at the movie and i wasn’t feeling it. Guess I’ve heard a lot of stories from my grandma and aunt.

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    Cam
    August 11, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Man, I have heard so much about this movie and book. It’s been a total mixed bag of good and bad reviews. I guess I’ll have to check it out myself and as you said, go with an open mind.

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    krissy
    August 11, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    I don’t know how interested I am after reading the reviews on NerdGirl’s blog. I know I’ll see it at some point but I doubt it will be in the theater.

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    Mama Violet
    August 11, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    I’m going to see it on Sunday. I listened to the audible version and loved it. I hope I won’t be disappointed.

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    Beach Coast Style
    August 11, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    For some reason I am not having any desire to read the book or see the movie. I guess I am one on the negative side of the meter. Or maybe I just don’t want to see the portrayal of the women in this light. I just don’t know. So, I have decided to keep my thought to myself so I don’t get into much trouble!! Thanks for letting us hear your thoughts! And hats off to you for getting in!

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    Jasmine
    August 13, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    I just finished the book today and I cannot wait to see the movie!

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