Then yesterday I came home from work and my Mum and sister were watching it. I knew it was The Help because I remember the scenes I gave up watching on my flight home last year. So I sat down to watch it with them. I have not in a very long time watched an entire movie at home without pausing it, finishing to watch it later or giving up on it entirely. I don't have a long attention span to watch films so they're not what I watch a lot of in my spare time.
But the longer I watched The Help the more swept up into the story I became. For those who don't know the plot I'll give a little explanation now. It's set in deep south Mississippi during the Civil Rights Movement and when segregation existed. Skeeter is a white girl and an aspiring writer. She wants to interview the maids (who are black and dubbed the Help by white people) who raise white children as part of a book she wants to write. She wants to gain their perspective on what it's like raise other peoples babies and not they're own, their views on the segregation and their hopes for the future. It's quite controversial because it was illegal back then for any black man or woman to give interviews or be allowed to even express opinion to a white person.
It was funny, heartbreaking and I can honestly say I had to keep catching my breath. As tired as I was getting (it finished at 00.30am) I just knew I had to keep going until the end because it was worth it. I loved learning about American history at school and the Civil Rights Movement was my favourite part to learn about. Simply because something like that was so alien to me and the UK come to think of it. I really think this film should be used as a learning tool when teaching students about segregation and the treatment of people like The Help back then. It depicted it so well!
It's safe to say I'll be reading the book now. It's been a long time since a film has had such an effect on me. The last films were The Kings Speech and The Blind Side that made me think 'wow that was extraordinary!'' Whether you read the book or watch the film. Trust me it's 141 minutes you won't feel that's wasted.
Always remember 'You is Kind. You is Smart. You is Important' - Aibileen.