Advanced Screening: The Help

The Help is a 2011 period drama starring Viola Davis, Emma Stone, and Bryce Dallas Howard based off Kathryn Stockett’s 2009 novel of the same name. The film centers around Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis), a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her entire life being a maid and raising white children in Jim Crowe era Mississippi. One day Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan (Emma Stone) asks for her help in writing advice columns for the local news paper; this eventually leads to the two teaming up to release a novella based on the experiences and hardships faced by Aibileen and her friends many of whom are also maids.

I honestly cannot stress how amazing this film was, it has Oscar written all over it. If you thought Viola Davis was good in “Doubt” you haven’t seen anything yet. She honestly took my breath away with her stunning, and honest, performance. I was a bit skeptical of Emma Stone being in the film based on the few things she’s released so far, however this film certainly proved that she’s got acting shops beyond being the new “it” girl. She brought a fresh feel to her character and made me believe that her character had more depth than many other actors her age are able to do. I could continue to sit here and gush over how great the film was, however i’ll just recommend you see the film when it’s released on August 12, 2011.