Tag: Emma Stone

The Help

Skeeter, a white American raised by a black nanny during the 1960’s Civil Rights movement, decides to feature the stories of American-African housemaids – their sorrows and hardships as they daily serve the white families. She comes up with a book, The Help, in which “colored” housekeepers reveal their grievances.

If you think the plot is predictable, you’re probably right. Dissenters seem to have the same fate: either they become outcast or they die mercilessly. But The Help does not explore any bloody revolutions, just a subtle (even educated) appeal against  racism. The movie realistically presents that revolting against injustice does not solve it overnight.

Why does Emma Stone appear on movies terribly difficult to dislike? This has been her best role to date (I’ve only seen Easy A and this, FYI). Though I like Emma a lot, I’d say she’s just the cherry on top of the cake’s icing, Viola Davis (Aibileen) and Octavia Spencer (Minny) are the main ingredients. Davis moved me to tears for her poignant tales; Octavia made me laugh.

I never had the luxury of having a nanny, even a maid. I have never known how to oppress people who were poorer than me. Neither was I mistreated, nor will I be unfairly treated on the basis of my nationality. I’m not sure if I should call it luck that my race did not seal my fate. But if ever it had, I would do everything to break free – just like what the freedom and justice champs did in this movie.

Put aside any movies (or porn vids) you have on your Must-Watch list. Pick The Help today. Cultivating kindness is a valuable part of the business of life. Learn empathy before it’s too late.

Easy A

Imagine what high school life is like for a reputed slut. Heart-breaking and hell-bound? Easy A has its way of twisting her story from tragedy to a comedy with a moral.

Previously anonymous high-school gal named Olive rises to fame (or infamy) when a rumor about her sexual encounter with a community college stud spreads like wildfire in the campus. Can a senior high schooler handle this scandal with an inconvertible sense of humor? Is it enough to know Hawthorne’s Scarlet letter by heart to survive her schoolmates’ persecution?

While watching, I was trying to guess who will save this damsel in distress. Yet Olive isn’t any weakling in need of saving. Smart, pretty and way too sympathetic, Easy A’s heroine got into the habit of sorting out people’s problems by knowingly tarnishing her own reputation. Frivolous? Hardly so.

Easy A tweets about teenage struggles, stereotypes and realities – how teens shout every thoughts thru facebook, where chivalry has gone, how students make book reviews out of movies instead of real books.etc.

I love how Easy A doesn’t nag while waking us up- and how its hilarity sticks even after I’ve seen it twice. Absolutely worth-watching.