Since Danny’s return, we have been catching up on movies. This week we have seen “Cowboys & Aliens” and “The Help,” two more different movies you’ll never see.
The very night that he was home, we saw “Cowboys & Aliens” with Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, and Harrison Ford, who is not the good guy in this film. While sci-fi machines mine and melt gold, the gross aliens spend their time abducting, killing, and experimenting on cowpokes and women throughout a western countryside. Add in human meanies, a dying town, and Indians and you have lots of action, mystery, and “thank god that’s not real” thoughts.
Wednesday evening we saw “The Help,” a film based on the bestselling book, which I read months ago, by Kathryn Stockett. “The Help” is set in Jackson, Mississippi, during the abhorrent turmoil of desegregation in the 1960s south. The casting is flawless, although you probably will not recognize many of their names, and portrays the prejudice, hatred, intolerance, and stupidity of white southerners, who never got over the Civil War and their (snort) superiority.
As we sat in the theater, surrounded by mostly white-haired women (Danny was only one of two men), I thought about all the bigots who would hate this movie and probably would not pay to watch its hurtful truth. I also felt, as I did when I was reading the book, how oblivious I had been (being raised in Indiana) to all the insane, demeaning crap endured by good-hearted, intelligent women from “Christian” white women/men. These far-from-inferior maids lovingly raised white children and managed others’ households for appalling pittance with no appreciation or compassion. Be prepared to be ashamed and angry while watching “The Help,” but there are terrific moments of great relief when humor, courage, and the sun shines through. Thank you, Kathryn Stockett, Tate Taylor, and superb cast!
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.