Viola Davis as Aibileen Clark
The Help is a movie about transition. It is about people who are caught in the path of volcanic change and history in the making. It is 1961 in Jackson, Mississippi. But the movie doesn’t dwell on these lofty platforms. The viewer is swept up in the riveting performances of those who bring the story and its time alive and make it real. Performances that twist us and wring from us real tears, some laughter, and a lot of anger. But change comes hard and slow for the help in Jackson, Mississippi. Telling their own stories and putting them on paper is like pushing a boulder uphill, or swimming against the tide. And every bit as dangerous.