I recently watched the movie “The Help” in my Women’s Study Course. I don’t know if you all are familar with the movie or not but here’s a lttle back ground. The movie is set in Mississippi in the 1960’s. Skeeter (One of the main characters) is a college graduate who returns from school determined to become a writer. She ends up causing all kinds of cahos when she decides to interview the black women (maids) who have spent their lives taking care of upper class southern families. Before i saw this movie seeing the commercials and preveiws i kept thinking to myself this is just another one of those “ye’s ah master” slave movies that’s going to make me angry. When we was obligated to watch it in class i was like well i have to now. Suprisingly it was a very delightful heart touching movie. It was more than a stupid “slave” movie, it gave me an insight on how things were back in the day for the women. Yes we’ve all seen African American civil right movies and documentaries, but they were never about the maids and the women of the 60’s. That’s what made this movie different, this movie showed me that it wasnt just hard for black women in those days, even thoug they had it the hardest. It also was a struggle for the white women. White women couldn’t be true about who they really where without being judge. It was illegal for Skeeter to go to maid’s house and talk to them. It was illegal for her to even be talking to them in public. Skeeter felt there was nothing wrong with this because deep down she wasnt a racist she loved black people one raised her. This movie touched my heart because these African American women took care of white women kids all day and some of the night. Just to make a living for their own kids, and they weren’t even appreciated. At the end of the move Aibileen (the main maid) got fired from her job and the little white child that she was raising couldn’t bare to see her leave. At some point in the movie the little girl told her “you is my real mama”. Kids barley knew their parents back then the only thing th white parents did for their kids was give them spankings. Overall this was a great movie i reccomend it to anyone with a heart. It stir up mixed emotions all through the film you get some laughs, angry, and even some tears.
For entertainment purposes this movie was incredible but the issues that are present in this movie brought me to tears. One scene in particularly that affected me was the one where Abblien has the child repeat a mantra aloud after the child’s mother scolded her for an innocent mistake. I know what it is like to feel like your mother disapproves of you because of your appearance. I cried because those mothers really exist and my heart broke for those children that don’t have someone there to comfort and let them know that I quote “I is smart, I is kind, and I is important!” Everyone needs to hear that.
I feel that the movie “The Help” was a great movie because its show one that in that time not everybody was against are hated the other color. Skeeter was trying to get the world to hear the story of women nobody before the book had heard, from the helps point of view. I think it was a success, because you have all the women in the movie reading the book no matter what color they were. two, the movie shows just how powerful women are together it statered with just Skeeter and Aibileen the it grew in out of all the stories made a book that was the truth about how they was treated and i thought the movie showed everybody who watched it just how real it was. How it showed white women talking to the help and treating the help as if they didnt belong in the world. The movie shows and it is said alot, that “the helps kids are rasied by somebody else while they are raising white childern”.I feel this is one of the hardest things the help had to do is be away from their kids to raise somebody elses but they had to to put food on the table for there family. The movie also shows not everybody acted the same like Sketter the writer she didnt mind talking to the help as if the where people and matter she loved hers and was sad when she found out what her mother had did to her, and millis last family didnt mind touching her or sitting with her she treated her like color was not a problem even the husband when he found out accepted her. I for one feel it was a good thing the book was wrote and then the movie was made just to show everybody how much women have over came in life, and it shows just how strong they are doing what they have to do to support them and thier family no matter how bad they got treater are talked to they stayed and loved the kids of the people that treated them so bad, like the one kid on the movie that loved that one so much she called her mama.