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The Help at Cinema Con

The Help at Cinema Con

As usual, it’s going to be a quiet summer for women centric films from the studios. The big studio film that will target the female demographic is The Help. Dreamworks brought in several members of the cast including Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard and Emma Stone to Cinema Con in Las Vegas to help get the theatre owners excited about the film. I’m sure it was quite a change to have a preview of a heartfelt drama in between all the summer sizzle. I’m very excited about seeing Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis as leads on screen.

Cinemablend’s Katey Rich was in the audience and she was impressed with what she saw.

Obviously a sizzle reel of clips and behind-the-scenes footage cut together for an industry convention is no demonstration of whether the movie is good or bad, but I wasn’t the only one impressed by what we saw from The Help…The reel they cut together for the presentation focused a lot of the drama– lots of tears, lots of hints at the civil rights importance of what Skeeter does, and some beautiful photography of small-town Mississippi where they shot the movie.

I’m putting the book at the top of my list and I am very excited for August 12.

Cinema Con: The Help Brings History, Humor, And Female Strength To Summer Movie Season (Cinemablend)

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I wish I could get excited about this (Viola Davis!!), but it sounds like another one of those films where black females exist in relation to white females to solve their problems and give sage-like advice and basically be magical negro tropes. A post-college version of “The Secret Life of Bees,” if you will (and I thought Fanning opposite Latifah was kinda precious, albeit Mammy-like).

The author of the book might have also exaggerated the maid’s blackness and is the subject of a lawsuit:


I’m hoping for something great, but what I learned about here is making me leery. Generally, I’m more than a bit “meh” when there are stories about Black women that, for some reason or another, are rarely told by Black women.

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