Despite the excessive (and unnecessary) controversy surrounding this movie, I was excited to see it. I did have some hesitation, but I decided to put my feelings aside since the book and the movie garnered rave reviews. I enjoyed the movie and the acting, even from the young actresses, is excellent. I was surprised that they didn’t advertise that legendary actresses Sissy Spacek and Cicely Tyson are also in this movie. Spacek is great in her comedic role and Tyson‘s superb turn as an elderly maid almost got me teary-eyed. While Viola Davis embodies Aibileen, an older quiet maid, Octavia Spencer steals the show as feisty Minny.
Even though the acting is terrific, the movie itself isn’t groundbreaking to me. It was a little slow at times and the white women that “the help” worked for seemed a bit cartoonish at times. I liked that the women are the main focus of the film, but the film was a bit unrealistic. I won’t ruin the movie, but Minny definitely wouldn’t have lived to tell the tale about her pie. Instead of only talking about the violence that the maids faced for talking about their employers, I wish it would have been shown. The film would have been less cookie-cutter if it addressed black nannies true feelings about the white kids they raise. It is more likely that they didn’t love the children because they knew that they would grow up to become racist like their parents.
Nevertheless, The Help teaches an important message and illuminates the stories of an often voiceless group, even though it may not be as authentic as I would have hoped. One of the most touching scenes is at the end when Aibileen tells Mae Mobley, her employer’s daughter, “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” This film definitely shows me that it is essential to teach my children their own worth and love them unconditionally.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
I’m not usually into action movies, but the trailer looked good so I went to see it. I was expecting an intense takeover from the apes, and was excited because of the cool technology that allowed the apes to have human facial expressions. However, there was no action until the last 30 minutes of the movie and the technology wasn’t put to good use. The movie dragged on, failing at making me feel bad for Caesar, the super intelligent ape raised by scientist Will Rodman, played by James Franco. It was fake that no one called the police even though they knew Rodman was raising a chimp in his suburban home. Caesar took forever to stage his rebellion, and when he finally did, all he and his other ape buddies do is chill in a national forest. That definitely doesn’t explain how the apes came to rule over humans. The city police definitely could have thrown a couple of grenades into that park. Simply put, this movie was lame.