So I finally got the see this movie 2 weeks after the premiere. Shame on me. But I can tell you it was worth the wait.
“You is kind. You is smart. You is important.”
I chose this line to start with because it reminds me of some very emotional scenes from the movie. They also encompass the wisdom of one of the helps that engaged in writing the book which turns out to be this right story. In it you are faced with the hard life black people lead in the 60’s as the majority of America was against them with laws and everything. The women in a little town called Jackson had no other choice but to work as helps in the houses of white people. And they did that just as their mothers did until they died of old age or were fired. They were passed from mother to daughter through a will. Like they were their property to give. So the helps raised children who would later become their boses.
As one of the characters points out at some time, young white girls did nothing but train to be good wifes and find themselves a husband : „Isn’t that what all you girls from Ole Miss major in – professional husband hunting?”. This strangely reminded me of the movie „Mona Lisa Smile”, since it was a long time I’ve seen it.
Being a good help was all that was to the life of black women. Until a young white enthusiastic writer named Eugenia „Skeeter” Phelan, decides to write a book from the point of view of the help. Of course in that time it was a really risky business, as they had to hide to meet and work for the book.
Aibileen is the character to which the quote from above belongs to. She was taking care of one of the rich families from Jackson. Also she took care of that couple’s child, because her mom refused to, even if she had nothing else to do. So Aibileen became like a second mom for the little girl, named Mae Mobley, and in three very important parts of the movie she teaches and reminds the little girl that she is kind, smart and important. It was supposed to comfort and ease the little girl’s sadness whenever something bad happened. An important scene is when Aibillen is fired. Mae Mobley started crying and didn’t want to let her go saying that she was her mother, moment in which Aibileen reminds her those three important facts and tells her to never forget that. This scene also shows how very significant the role of the help was in the children’s life. Their bond was stronger than it was with their mothers.
As a whole the story is very emotional and smart with some funny and romantic accents. The actors make a really great job especially the two helps played by Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis. They can really get to you. At least to me they did, because I felt like empathizing with them as the story unveiled. I didn’t read the book but I heard that it is also amazing, so I will read it for sure in the future.
This movie I really think it’s a must see. In my top it ranks as one of the best movies I saw this year, right after Melancholia.