Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Help ***

What Tate Taylor does with his adaptation of The Help defies expected - if slightly biased - ideas of how African Americans are treated in Hollywood mainstream cinema. His film deals with civil rights, racism and segregation with such delicate command that, for all the industry has accustomed us to...

read the rest of my review over at PopMatters.

2 comments:

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

Jessica Chastain is sooooooooooooooooooooooo good here. I got into this ferocious argument (with a good friend of mine actually) when we segued to the novel during an American Lit class and I found it such a reductive complaint to criticise to film/novel for being about white "saviour" tactics.

I mean, why does Tate HAVE to show the most gruesome parts of the time for the movie to be real? I mean, I don't even love The Help, it's wrought with its issues, sometimes it sags, and as hard as she may try Bryce's character is just ridiculous, but people need to just chill.

Okay, rant done. Back to Jessica, "I can make corn pone..." So adorable.

Jose Solís said...

Then hopefully we can both root for her to win the Oscar for this...right?
She owns the movie, I mean Viola's terrific and all but Chastain does so much with so little. I think Tate does the same kind of thing, I mean, you know I hate Crash and The Blind Side because they think they are better than the whole "saviour" thing. I loved that this one acknowledges it's about "saviours" because whether we like it or not, that's the way things worked like back then and sadly how they still work sometimes. I love that Tate gives the maids the chance to speak for themselves and doesn't turn Skeeter into a Mother Theresa figure.