Two Thumbs Up for “The Help”

Some movies move you. My favorite type of movie along the National Treasure line — a bit of mystery, car chase, and something blows up. Everyone in a while you see a movie that moves you. “The Help” is one of those movies.

Siskel and Ebert came up with the concept of 2 thumbs up for a good movie. That meant they both liked it, and you should see it. Sharon and I went to see “The Help” the other day, and definitely 2 thumbs up.

The movie based on the book (which Sharon is reading) deals with the racial tension of Jackson, Mississippi during the Civil Rights ear. The intriguing concept is looking into how white socialites separate themselves from “colored” (their word, not mine) people except when it comes to hiring domestic help. Such help not only does the dirty jobs, but raises the children.

These children have “the help” more as their mothering influence then their own moms in the home. The twist is when those children become adults, how their behavior toward others of a different color picks up the prejudice of the day.

And to make sure we are clear. No one has the right to look down on another. Last time I checked the Bible’s observation that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” applies to everyone except Jesus.

In some ways the movie pained me to watch. Prejudice. Hatred. Blind idiocy. Not a pretty picture to watch.

The movie did have 2 scenes that were my favorite:

1. The pastor of the church of those who are “the help” preaches a brief message/sermon on being courageous when you know the right thing to do. Skeeter has been trying to get “the help” to tell her their stories to put together for a book. Up to this point her main “help” contact, Aibileen, has been reluctant. Motivated by the pastor’s message from the story of the calling of Moses in Exodus, she takes an initial step that pulls the curtain back to see the ugliness of prejudice when revealed in the light of day. 2 thumbs up for a pastor making a positive difference in a movie today!

2. Aibileen speaks tenderly to the children she nurtures. “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” Part of me thought, you is going to fail English, but mostly I appreciated her affirmation of those she cared for. She was teaching them a way to take a step back and realize their worth when the pressure of life arises. One reason each day I recite the Great Commandment of Jesus (aka The Jesus Creed — You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. And you shall love your neighbor as yourself) is I want to build love as my default response when the pressure of life arises.

“The Help” is a great reminder to speak out against prejudice and those considered unworthy. As I told Sharon, though there weren’t any chase scenes or any good explosions. I was glad we had invested the time to see “The Help”. It helped me to affirm God’s love for all is to lead me and others to love all.

What great movies have you seen that have influenced your life in a positive way?

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2 responses to “Two Thumbs Up for “The Help”

  1. I like the same kind of movies you do, like National Treasure, or something funny, so dramas aren’t usually my style. However, I enjoyed “Soul Surfer”. A true story about a courageous Christian girl whose arm gets bit off by a Tiger shark. She copes with her loss, deals with her doubts, and still seeks to return to the world of surfing. Always refreshing to find a movie where the name of Jesus isn’t used as a curse word.

  2. “The Help” is getting a lot of buzz. My brother in Texas saw it and said people stood up and clapped at the end. A local newspaper ran a piece where the reporter stated experiencing the same phenomena in a Wisconsin theater. People stood and clapped at the end. Everyone who’s made a comment has liked the movie immensely. My wife and I will see it at some point and we rarely see a movie together. This one’s got our attention.

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