The Help (2011)

Based on the New York Times Bestseller of the same name, this movie tells the tale of the black maids of Jackson, Mississippi during the Civil Rights era. Emma Stone is superb as the young wannabe journalist who ultimately tells the story of these oppressed and put down women but the show is well and truly stolen by Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis; The Help. The film’s not without it’s troubles, it uses a young white woman as the agent for civil rights change and at times falls back on stereotypes, but this doesn’t take away from the fact that this film is beautifully shot and well written with a strong and powerful message that is as important now as it was back then.

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