This movie was simply amazing. I have always been a Viola Davis fan but this is here Oscar nomination and hopefully win performance hands down. Full disclosure, I have not read the book. Yes I know, BLASPHEMY. But it is in the works. So back to the movie, a deep look at the African American maid in the midst of the civil rights movement was a wonderful and fresh idea. The movie industry has been stuck regurgitation ideas from the past, resurrecting popular movies and trying to “reboot” them. After a while you begin to beg for something new.
I myself have a hard time watching movies that show the hardship of my people. Classic movies I can’t bring myself to look at include Amistad, Glory, Hotel Rwanda to name a few. I’m very much an emotional person so I just don’t see it, I feel it and a side effect can be a hatred for ” the white oppressor). And while i’m intelligent to know the majority of white people feel just as disgusted by those past actions as I do, my emotions after watching those kinds of movies over take my logic. And to think I date a lot of white men, but i digress.
Can you really make a pie that taste good out of shit? I really don’t want to know but the laughs in this movie were so needed to break up the heart wrenching moments. When Aibileen(Viola Davis) spoke about the death of her son, waterworks galore. When Yule Mae Davis( Aunjanue Ellis) was arrested and hit in the head, I just couldn’t help the tears.
Breakout performances go to Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain. First off, anyone from the south knows that southern hospitality has it’s limits. Ceilia( Jessica Chastain) really had no chance even if she hadn’t married the dream man of Hilly Holbrook( Bryce Howard). She was too blonde, too northern and too liberal. She was refreshing to me but man those miscarriages really just destroyed me.
Moving to the hilarious Minny Jackson( Octavia Spencer). She would be robbed if she doesn’t get a supporting actress nom. I will be on fire because she was real, blunt, funny, composed, vulnerable, just what a performance needs. I can say I was never a fan of hers. She played more the “crazy black woman” role or bank teller, woman in elevator type roles. Hard to get a sense of her talent but Hollywood needs to take notice of this rising star.
I know you are probably wondering why I haven’t mentioned Emma Stone. I find her to be a great young actress. Her role was in my opinion just about cohesion for the other story lines. When she found out Constantine(Cicely Tyson) was no only fired but died of a broken heart, he emotions were deep and real. He anger at her mother, her contempt for her childhood “friends” gave me another side of her which I appreciate but again the focus was the supporting cast that all did their part.
Bottom line–See the movie. I really would be surprised if anyone didn’t enjoy it as much as I did.