Monday, 10 October 2011

The Help - the film



I was intrigued by the theme of the book when it first came out, but for some reason I never got around to read it. There are probably a million such books that fall into this category though... 

Anyway, so I was really interested in the film after watching the trailer, and I was soooo happy I got tickets to a preview screening on Sunday! Oh well, I did have to get up early (I normally get up around noon so getting up at 9 is a massive thing for me), but it's well worth it I think. The film's quite similar to what I was expecting after watching the trailer(s), and I quite like it in general though there are a few bits I didn't understand. *spoiler alert* For example, why do the black people on the bus have to get off when it's stuck in road because a black guy's been killed? I also don't understand why, if these black helpers know so well their children's destiny will be the same as theirs, they still continue having so many babies. They know it's a life destined for them - their grandmothers and mothers are all house slaves or maids - and they don't like it. Why continue giving birth to children who will follow the footsteps you so hate yourself? And when it comes to the white employers, I don't understand why they still hire these black helpers if they fear 'their diseases' so much so that they have to build a separate toilet outside for them. Remember, these helpers not only prepare their food but also look after their children on a day-to-day basis. It's just hard to understand why the white people still allow these black helpers to be in contact with every bit of their life if they worry about their hygiene so much. 

I must confess I don't know much about black slave history in America and the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s that's mentioned in the film. I guess the film's good in the way it opens up a whole lot of questions... for me at least. 

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