"What'd you put in this?"
To understand the context of this dialogue, you must go see The Help. You will not be disappointed. This touching film about the lives of black maids who take care of white families will cause you to examine what it means to have courage in the face of adversity. This film shed light on an observation that I often encounter since I moved to the Upper East Side of New York City: black women taking care of white children. Just about everyday I see a black woman pushing a white child in a stroller or walking one of them home from school, something that I almost never saw in my hometown in western Pennsylvania.
I could imagine that these woman today come to love the children as their own, and the children love them just the same. The difference now, of course, is more racial acceptance and most people have nannies instead of maids. This was not the case in Jackson, Mississippi, where the maids, having raised and loved white children as their own, had to do so while having racist bosses.
The film (and the book on which the the film is based) shows the audience the emotional complexity that woman of this era had to endure to provide for their families. What's more, the casting is spot on: each player made their character believable, adding to the allure of the film's plot. There is a 360 degree scope to story, as the characters of of several white women develop; Several woman befriend their maids, while others devise scheme against them. Actress Bryce Dallas Howard does a wonderful job of creating tension with her character Hilly Holbrook. Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan is brought to life by actress Emma Stone. Stone does a great job in portraying the bravery and vulnerability of Skeeter.
My favorite scene occurs near the end when the protagonist of the story deals with the antagonist head on. The strength of actress Viola Davis (Aibileen Clark) really shows here. While Aibileen provides most of the depth, Minny Jackson (played by Octavia Spencer) provides the comedic relief and keeps the pace of the film moving forward. This is an insightful and entertaining film that you will enjoy.
I've been watching a lot of movies over this Memorial Day weekend. Most recently I've went to see Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. In this latest installment of the Pirates, Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embark on a journey for the fountain of youth. They are met with opposition from Blackbeard and Spanish sailors.
There were mixed reviews regarding the film, but I have to say that it was on par with the other films. Before seeing the movie, I thought I would miss Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swan (Keira Knightly), but that was not the case. Aside from being visually stunning, Penelope Cruz was convincing in her role as Blackbeard's daughter. The addition of Blackbeard and the mermaids added a new dynamic to the Pirates series.
The effects and cinematography were done well. This was the first movie I've seen in IMAX 3D, but I would have liked seeing it on the regular screen just as well. You can expect epic battles as the music of Hans Zimmer plays in the background, giving the film energy. I would definitely see this movie again. Although it is not my favorite of the series, this latest installment is just as entertaining and intriguing as its predecessors.
Take a look at the trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides:
I went to see the movie Bridesmaids the other night, and I think it's hilarious. Not your average chick flick. In fact, It's more like guy humor for girls. If this were a movie with guys pulling half the stunts the women are in this film, it would be viewed as crass. Double standards aside, the women pull this comedy off very well.
Bridesmaids is about a maid of honor (Kristen Wiig) who has to juggle planning her best friend's (Maya Rudolph) wedding, her relationship problems, career crisis, living situation, and the relationship between the other brides maids.
As can be expected from the Saturday Night Live cast-members, Rudolph and Wiig are very funny. I was surprised to see actress Rose Byrne (Helen) pull off her comedic role so well after last seeing her portray a more serious character in the movie Adam, but she does this role justice. In fact, the whole cast is brilliant. The chemistry between the actresses gives the film a sense of "realness" amidst the more gut-busting comedic moments. My favorite character in the movie is Megan (Melissa McCarthy). She is full of surprises and the way McCarthy portraits her is fantastic.
I would definitely recommend that you see this movie. Fellas, don't be afraid because of the title; you will definitely get a kick out of this one, but be warned. You might view women a little different after seeing how they really act when your not around. Check out the trailer below to get you geared up to go out and see it in theaters: