The Help

Once upon a time there existed these society standards in America. They were filled with degrading laws, twisted morals, and homes without air conditioning. Until one day, an outcast decided to stand for what was right. “No more sweaty pits! A/C or we quits! … Also, racism is a issue!”

It’s February my friends, and you know what that means. The Oscars are here! And The Help is up for 4 of those golden naked men! The only problem with the Academy Awards today is that most movies that get into the mixing bowl aren’t really cared for by the general public. By Box Office standards, many are failures. So the Academy tries to keep the art of film alive by focusing on movies with messages and stories to make you feel bad about yourself. Don’t get me wrong, they’re great movies and deserve the awards. And I whole heartedly agree about the art of film staying alive and true. But…sometimes movies get preachy.

Okay. First off, yes racism is an issue. And these struggles that real people went through are tremendous stories which our society has been changed by forever. But come on, the subject of racism gets way too much attention and by doing so you’re keeping racism itself alive. The Help was a great movie. Great acting. Great simple directing. (Which was probably on purpose because the real jewel of this movie was the script.) Amazing script. (Yeah, I mentioned it twice. What of it?) I liked it a lot. It earned its recognition. The Academy Awards have nominated The Help for 4 Oscars. Best Actress, 2 competing Best Supporting Actresses, and Best Motion Picture of the Year. My predictions? (Thank you for pretending to ask!) As opposed to last year, which was easily predictable, 2012 has more evenly matched competition. The acting awards are up in the air, but I’m pretty confident it won’t win Best Picture. It’s too…well, it’s just not it.

I know this post is sounding really negative, but please don’t let that discourage you from watching the movie. It’s uplifting, inspirational, and The Help carries its own level of comedy allowing you to smile through all the negative suppression of race. But please for the love of God, don’t buy it. A big theme with Oscar movies today is that they’re not crowd movies. Nobody wants to come over to your house and have a movie night with films like True Grit or The Help. Personally, as soon as the credits started rolling it dawned on me that this is a shock value movie. No, not gore or bloody fights to the death. The shock value rests with a realization that this is what day-to-day life used to be like in our “free” country. Which only means that this is a one-watch movie. Rent it, Redbox it, Netflix it. And be done with it.

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