May 27, 2017

Emma Stone, Viola Davis tackle Civil Rights in “The Help” trailer

By Sean O’Connell As moviegoers prepare for this weekend’s literary adaptation of “Water for Elephants,” Hollywood begins teasing another anticipated film that’s based on a best-selling book.

Tate Taylor will direct Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, Viola Davis, Allison Janney and Sissy Spacek in “The Help,” a timeless story pulled from Kathryn Stockett’s book about the shrinking cultural divide between Southern belles in the 1960s and their African-American help. Stone plays an aspiring journalist who puts herself in the thick of the Civil Rights Movement to try and make a difference.

The latest trailer makes “The Help” look like inspirational and comical. Hopefully Taylor knows when to lean on one to enhance the other. To get a look, click the player below.

“The Help” will be in theaters on Aug. 12.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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