I CAN NOT wait until August 12, 2011. Simply can’t wait! Wanna know why? That’s when one of the best books I’ve ever read comes to a theatre near you!
After I read The Help, I said that not only was it going to become a film, but it was going to win at least one Oscar, if not 2 or 3. Seriously, it’s that good. I beg you to read it, if you haven’t already done so. Please feel free to check out my book review of The Help here, or read about when I met Kathryn Stockett (and got an autographed copy of The Help) at BookExpo America here.
In case you haven’t read the #1 New York Times best-selling phenomenon, The Help is a brilliant, painful, funny and downright inspiring look at what happens when three courageous women of mixed races strike up an unlikely friendship during the 1960′s in Mississippi. Skeeter (played by Emma Stone) is a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends’ lives — and a small Mississippi town — upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen (played by Viola Davis), Skeeter’s best friend’s housekeeper, is the first to open up — to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community. Despite Skeeter’s life-long friendships hanging in the balance, she and Aibileen continue their collaboration and soon more women come forward to tell their stories — and as it turns out, they have a lot to say. Aibileen introduces Skeeter to another maid named Minny (played by Octavia Spencer), and along the way, a new sisterhood emerges, but not before everyone in town has a thing or two to say themselves when they become unwittingly — and unwillingly — caught up in the changing times.
I seriously was just moved to tears by that movie trailer. It looks soooo good, and every character is cast perfectly in my humble semi-expert opinion as a former movie theatre manager. I can’t tell you how excited I am for Katheryn Stockett and the director/screenwriter, her childhood best friend, Tate Taylor. I think this is going to become the hit of the summer. Make sure to save the date–because August 12, 2011 will be here soon enough!