Analyzing The Movie 'The Help'

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“The Help”, is a comedy-laced drama about racially segregated Jackson, Mississippi and the tensions between upper class white households and the black “help”. The movie follows the lives of Aibileen and Minny, two black maids who work for the Leefolts and Holbrooks, respectively. They are approached by Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan, a journalist who is looking to write a book about the racism and discrimination the help face working in white households. The book showcases the blatant racism that is characteristic of the American south in the 1960’s, showing it from the perspective of not only the oppressed or the oppressor, but also of the liberal middle man. This movie can catch the attention of anyone willing to watch it, because although it is seemingly geared towards the “chick flick” crowd, “The Help” is a movie that can entertain and intrigue any audience. An emotional rollercoaster, the film flip-flops between tear-jerking, emotional scenes and comedic relief so seamlessly that you don’t know how to feel. However, that’s not to say that you come away with mixed feelings; the filmmakers do a good job of holding their message of hope down while not haranguing you with sadness until you just can’t finish the movie, a problem that so often plagues films trying to make light of racial issues. “The Help” was not a movie I expected to fall in love with, but as soon as I watched it I definitely did. Not only is the story beautiful and touching, but it shows it’s issues in a way that…show more content…
Every scene shows an incredible amount of finesse and detail, and really makes the movie absolutely touching to see. Although it revolves around a more depressing issue, it maintains its comedic value and shows that it will be able to stand the test of time as an absolutely inspiring
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