the help

It was beyond exciting to be in attendance at The Help’s premiere during their press tour in Atlanta.  As I mentioned earlier, I was invited to attend with friend, Nikole Morrow-Pettus.  Nikole was the make-up artist for The Help stars Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer during their Atlanta tour.  And may I say, these ladies looked beautiful.  Here they are in an interview before the pre-movie cocktail recption…

Let me tell you, Atlanta had out its best “silvah” with trays of hors d’oeuvres, wine spritzers and a warm welcome to celebs, guests and even author Kathryn Stockett and screenwriter-director Tate Taylor.   The room was packed and filled with cameras rolling and reporters buzzing about.

I had the good fortune of meeting Octavia.  She had the most beautiful eyes.

And here is lovely Nikole.  Always looking glam.

As far as the movie goes, I loved EVERY second.  The acting was AMAZING.  The story compelling.  The characters even matched how I imagined them in the book – although I was expecting Skeeter to be a little more homely and awkward instead of pretty.  I laughed, cried and enjoyed the beautiful scenery with all of the perfect Southern touches.  They did not miss a single detail.  When you go to the movie, bring with you two things:

  1. a box of tissue
  2. a good friend
It was pretty special to be sitting next to a good friend during this movie.  Made it way more meaningful.  We both read the book.


I wrestled with writing a review, mainly because I feel completely unqualified to speak about race relations in Mississippi during the 1960’s.  Talk about an intimidating topic.  Besides, I am filled with disgust when I think about any part of history that relates to human suffering and prejudice.  When I sat down in an attempt to write, I felt paralyzed at the computer.  More like panicked.  I would type a whole paragraph then erase.  Repeated this about six times.  No matter what I typed, the words just didn’t seem adequate.

Here is the one thought I’d like to share:

Love does NOT see color.  Never has, never will.  And I’m so glad for that.

Go see the movie!!  Here is The Help trailer.

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  1. Marianne says:

    Very well put, Seleta. What a treat to have gone to the premiere and to meet the lovely ladies who stared in the film. I read the book last summer and absolutely loved it. I’ll be seeing it next week with a friend and can’t wait!

  2. Lizziefitz says:

    I can not wait! I loved the book. I am a little nervous to actually “see” some of the scenes that were particularly difficult to read . Did I happen to mention that I am a big chicken? Loved your outfit!

  3. pve says:

    I loved the book and am looking forward to seeing the movie.
    Good books and good movies should move us.
    (I have the same belt as you are wearing and love it!)

  4. After I read the book I asked my Mom a MILLION questions about growing up in Arkansas in the 60’s. Fascinating in a sad sad way. I also went to Ole Miss and I was alarmed at the slow pace at which Mississippi has moved away from those attitudes in The Help. Slow, snail’s pace.

    I really can’t wait to see the movie! What a fun opportunity for you!

  5. I cannot wait. The film is coming out over here at the end of October and I am crossing off the days until then. Do they stick to the same ending in the film as in the book? I hope so. I was always so disappointed with My Sisters Keeper because of that.

  6. Ann says:

    Seleta, your evening must have been wonderful, just like the book. CANNOT WAIT to see the movie. Yes, kleenex will be required, that is for sure.

  7. Windy says:

    Well said! I could not put this book down! When I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about it. I have asked my Mama a million questions about that time period. I just can’t fathom that way of thinking. My Mama and I will be seeing it this weekend, with tissues in tow – I CAN’T WAIT! Thank you for sharing your experience!

  8. Loved the movie. I expect lots of acting nominations are in the works. They really nailed the characters perfectly.

  9. Lindsey Albrecht says:

    Your belt is amazing!

  10. Stephanie says:

    A great review – I was on the fence about seeing the movie but I think you’ve pushed me right off and into the theater. And I love your closing sentiment!

  11. simplygrove says:

    I CANNOT wait to see this!!!! Looks like a great time was had by all!

  12. simplygrove says:

    PS. I teared up watching the trailer. I am doomed to weep during the movie:):):)

  13. Wowie says:

    I agree 100%. My husband and I attended the Mississippi premiere a couple of weeks ago. So much fun! The actresses were all so friendly in real life and they totally kill it in the movie.

  14. This was one of the best books I’ve read in a while. I’m so excited to see the movie and hope it can live up to the book! How exciting to be in attendance with all the stars!

  15. Kathysue says:

    Seleta I just purchased the book and I plan on seeing the movie too. Everyone says to read the book first and then see the movie, so that is my plan. I am so glad to read your glowing review. A friend of mine saw it and said to take a box of Kleenex!! Kathysue

  16. Kathy says:

    You live the life for sure! So fun reading what you do!

  17. Tina says:

    Seleta, so well said! Love does not see color sums it all up beautifully. Went to see this incredible movie opening night (can’t remember the last time I’ve done that!) with my dear friend Lisa. We both had read the book and didn’t go with any expectation for the movie. Well, it far exceeded our expectations. Loved it!

  18. oh wow, that is amazing you got to go to this event and meet some of the wonderful ladies in the movie! i LOVE the book and absolutely cannot wait until i see the movie!!

  19. Anna says:

    What a wonderful and charming review! You are absolutely right about bringing tissues and a dear friend. It made me want to read the book all over again.

  20. Lauren Liess says:

    Can’t wait to see it!! Also, fell in love with some of the curtains I saww in the background of the previews!!

    Hope summer’s going well & hug hug!!
    You look beautiful as always Seleta!!

  21. So exciting that you got to meet the actresses!!! I am on vacation in your neck of the woods this week so I will see The Help when I get home. I LOVED the book just as everyone did:)

    I was thinking of you as I walked around the cute town square at Rosemary Beach today. It was too early to go in Tracery and the other cute shops but I’ll be back later in the day. I had to make an early run to Charlie’s donut truck in Alys Beach.

  22. wanda says:

    I agree. It is one of the best books & movies ever! I felt the same as you when I blogged about it. Just inadequate!
    God bless Kathryn Stockett. Love your blog!

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