From watching the trailers (and as mentioned, not reading the book), I assumed that this movie was centered on Emma Stoneís character, Eugenia ďSkeeterĒ Phelan. Thatís really not the case. Stoneís role in the film is substantial, but I really donít think that I would consider her the main character. Sheís central in the sense that she ties the story together through her writing. Stone does have a lot screen time, but I think that the true main characters of this story are Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis) and Minny Jackson (Octavia Spencer). Additionally, Bryce Dallas Howard has a pretty big supporting role as Hilly Holbrook and Jessica Chastain, while not in the first half of the film very much, plays a substantial part in the second half. I can say with a fair amount of confidence that for her role in THE HELP, Chastain will likely get an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
There are likely a lot of men who are brushing off THE HELP because they think that itís a chick flick. In a lot of ways, it really is, but itís not a romantic chick flick, it focuses on real issues and is presented as a historical fiction. This movie is definitely not going to be everyoneís cup of tea, but it really is a great movie, despite being much more geared towards women. The story is extremely solid, the actors and actresses involved all bring their ďAĒ game and do an exceptional job with each of their respective roles.
In Their Own Words: A Tribute To The Maids Of Mississippi: Octavia Spencer and Tate Taylor go and interview actual maids from the Mississippi area who worked for families like Taylorís back in the day. Itís kind of an interesting feature and an especially relevant one to the film.
Deleted scenes with introductions by Director Tate Taylor: Well, like most films, some footage almost always gets cut from the final theatrical release. Usually when it comes to adapting a book to a movie though, itís especially tricky to cut out scenes, since fans of the book expect the movie adaptation to be pretty similar to the movie they played in their minds while reading the book.
"The Living Proof" music video by Mary J. Blige: Not too much to say about this. Itís a music videoÖ itís by Mary J. BligeÖ itís a song from the movie. Thatís pretty well it.