Generally when I choose to write about a film (or book) on here, it’s because a) that film/book sparked some intellectual interest in me, and/or b) I think it’s a film/book that deserves to reach a wider audience. I’m absolutely going to write something, for instance, about Weekend when it gets released on DVD in the States, considering its status as one of my very favorite movies of the year and the fact that it only played in a couple of cities here. I’m also planning on doing a brief series of short posts in January about films and elements of films that haven’t been discussed much in the awards conversation but deserve the attention. If you’re putting in the time to actually read something I write, I figure you ought to get something out of it, in the form of a piece of art that is actually worth something. That’s all to say that I don’t typically take the time to write about something I think is almost entirely without value.
But, you guys, I really need to talk about The Help.
I avoided seeing the movie this summer because I knew I wouldn’t like it and that it would make me angry, and because I didn’t want to give my money to yet another story about heroic white people helping out downtrodden black people. But the movie, and in particular Viola Davis and Jessica Chastain, have been very much in the aforementioned awards conversation, and I’m an Oscar junkie, and although there are some films I simply refuse to see (COUGH J. EDGAR COUGH) I figured I should probably give this one a spin. Plus, I’m a member at MoMA and they had a screening, which meant a free ticket for yours truly. So I went.
Very rarely do I find myself sitting in a movie theater actually physically uncomfortable because I am so angry. SERIOUSLY, IT DOESN’T HAPPEN A LOT, and I hate a lot of movies, guys. I hate a lot of movies. I like almost nothing. Like, seriously, dudes, I hated Like Crazy with the passion of a thousand fiery suns, and that was NOTHING compared to this shit. Nothing. I know that this is a very beloved book, and that it was also a very popular movie, and if you liked it I’m not trying to, you know, tell you you are a terrible person or whatever. But, also, it made me want to kill something, so, you know. I’m going to talk about it. That’s how it goes.