Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Book vs. Movie: The Help
Boy am I ever glad I did. The novel was amazing.The characters just leaped off the page. I would often find myself thinking about the characters even after I put the book down. I'd be in the kitchen making dinner and thinking to myself, "I wonder what Skeeter's going to do about that" or "I can't believe Minny actually did that" or "Wow that Hilly is pure evil."
I was leery about whether the movie would succeed in making all of those characters leap off the screen like they leaped off the page of the book. I had my doubts that Emma Stone could pull off Skeeter. But I needn't have worried because the movie was amazing. All of the characters were wonderful and brought the book back to life in vivid detail.
So you already know that I thought that actors were great, but was the movie true to the book? Well it's been a few years since I've read it, but I'd say it follows the book extremely well. It's probably one of the best book to movie adaptations I've ever seen. My only criticism is that Skeeter's romance with Stuart was so brief in the movie that it was almost a non-event. There was a much bigger focus on that part in the novel, but I understand why they decided to play that down. Still, it felt like it needed to have a bit more emphasis.
Overall, I am extremely pleased with the movie and loved it so much that I had to resist the urge to applaud when it ended.