Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Help


Next on my list of Great Things is The Help, my favorite movie from 2011.  I'll just say this...if you haven't seen it, get to it.

Okay, I'll say just a little bit more... :)

I saw The Help (for the first time) in a theater this summer with some girls in the family, and left wishing I had thought to pack my pockets with Kleenex.  I was a mess, and looked like I had been crying for a week straight.  Two weeks later, I had a rare night home alone and went back to the theater by myself to see it again. I've never done that before, which should give some indication of how much I loved the movie.  This time, I was scribbling notes by the light of my phone screen...there were so many details I didn't want to forget.  Last night, Keith and I watched it together, and he loved it as much as I do.  Yes, I said it's THAT good.

I love that, in thinking of the movie, there are so many awesome themes to choose from.  It is loaded with content that leaves the viewer with much to think about.
The most popular quote of movie, which countless other bloggers have touched on, is one I have to share:

"You is kind.  You is smart.  You is important."

Aibileen, the black housemaid, loved on the white children she cared for as much as a mother would care for her own child. Despite being mistreated by white folks, she continued to fill the heads and hearts of their children with the encouraging words they needed to hear. That's how we should treat all children.  Aibileen could have let bitterness control her actions, but instead, she chose love.

In all that we do, we can choose love too. 

I'm so tempted to keep rambling, but really, you MUST see this movie for yourself.  Now go!

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