Film review: The Help – 2011

This review contains spoilers, so if you have not yet watched the film and intend watching it in the near future, now may not be the best time to read this.  

The Help is a movie set in 1960s America during the Civil Rights movement. It tries to understand the lives of black American women who work as household help in some of Virginia’s richest homes. How they are treated by their employers, how they handle the minor and major snubs, how their lives could be taken over by their employers’ whims and how all this affects their own personal lives is the focus of the film.