#231: The Help (2011)

When and how did I watch this?

September 14th and 16th, 2015, on Amazon Prime.

Had I seen this film already?

No.

What did I know about the movie before watching it?

My wife said, “It’s nice to have two of my type of movies in a row.” I really knew nothing else about it.

What do I know about it now?

It’s a surprisingly moving portrayal of the social discrepancy of blacks and whites in the south in the 1950s and 60s.  I had my doubts at the beginning — it seemed to pull from a lot of “those mean sassy white chicks” stereotypes — but it built enough steam through character development to avoid becoming a tacky or socio-political drivel.  The last half hour was both hilarious and terribly sad.

What are some themes in the film?

Racism, transparency, humility, service, faithfulness, deception, loyalty.

Did this affect me personally?

Yes.

Why is this ranked #231?

It has all of the elements a movie needs to make itself distinct as a political film, but this one stood out as a good story instead of an agenda.

Did my wife watch/like it?

She cried numerous times.  I think that means she did.

Would I watch it again?

It’s a tough movie to watch. Nothing graphic is featured, but does one enjoy having a band-aid ripped off several times consecutively?  I don’t think so.

Would I recommend it to a friend?

I think everyone needs to see this film.  People are way too angry about way too little today.

Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

Probably.  It has the same emotional pull as a few others on the list, and the screenplay works well enough to be distinguished among the greats.

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