The Help (2011)


Plot: In the 1960s Mississippi, Skeeter come back from college with dreams of being a writer. She turns her small town on its ear by choosing to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent white families. Only Aibileen, the housekeeper of Skeeter’s best friend, will talk at first. But as the pair continue the collaboration, more women decide to come forward, and skeeter finishes the book. Everybody in the town enjoys reading the book and becomes a best-selling.

Camera Shots: There are a lot of close ups in this movie, because most of the time the ladies (Skeeter, Aibileen, and Minny) are always having a coversion, whether the black ladies were telling the story or in general. Also, the story has a lot of settings in the movie. So wide shots, long shots, and full shots are used mainly in the movie. There is a scene where Minny avenges her former boss, because of the way she has treated Minny. In the beginning of the scene, Minny is set in high angle while the boss (Hilly) is in low angle. This is used to see the relationship between them and why they are together. Obviously, it states that Hilly is the boss of Minny and she has more power that Minny. However, in the end the angles are the opposite because Minny has more power due to the revenge.

Mise-en-Scene: The story is based on central 1960s, there for the props are used old-fashioned. The story of the movie is based on racism. The director used bright lighting for scenes where the actors were mostly white. While there was dark scene where the actors were mostly black.

What I Like: I really liked the story, because it was creative and organized. The actors played their role, especially Emma Store who is Skeeter in the movie. She had a southern accent which made the store more effective.


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