I saw this movie late in the game. I’m not sure why but by the time I actually got around to seeing it everyone I knew had already seen it. Paul wasn’t particularly jumping up and down with excitement to see it, so one day when he was out of town back in November, I made my way to the theater by my lonesome and checked it out. I convinced Paul that he had to see it and so a few weeks ago it arrived in Netflix and he, Kyle and I watched it. Kyle’s bedtime happened in the middle of it and the next day he couldn’t wait to watch the rest of it AND Paul teared up at the end. More compelling evidence that this is a darn good movie.
I haven’t read the book (its on my list) so I don’t yet suffer from “the book is better syndrome” about this one. The story flowed perfectly…and the characters draw you in and make you laugh, make you cry, make you hate them and make you root for them. They were relatable.
We all know that horrible person who wants to make things difficult JUST to make them difficult (Hilly).
We all know an independent free spirit who is progressive and doesn’t settle for the “norm” and challenges the system. (Skeeter)
We all know someone who just wants to desperately follow along with the crowd in order to be liked and fit in. (Elizabeth)
We all know someone who struggles between wanting to change and societal pressure. (Charlotte)
We all know someone who does what they have to do because they have to do it. (Aibileen)
We all know someone who is genuine and oblivious and kind and is just “who they are.” (Celia)
We all know someone who is funny and friendly and is in a bad situation who we are rooting for. (Minny)
We all know someone who has made a poop pie to get back at someone for being awful to them.
No actually we probably don’t. (Sorry, I HAD to!.)
I am sure there is lots more to be said regarding racial inequality, the civil rights movement and the injustices that were done during the timeframe that this movie takes place in. I’m glad a movie like this exposes some of what I am sure went on. It shows how awful and sinful and terrible people can be to other people simply because of the color of their skin. But it also shows how beautiful and kind and forgiving and strong people can be as well. And that I think, is a very good thing.
If for some reason you haven’t seen this movie, let me know and I will go see it again with you.
Overall Rating: Large popcorn, large drink
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