‘The Help’ Trailer – Miss (Emma) Stone Goes To Mississippi

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 12th, 2011 at 8:47 am,

The Help trailer Emma Stone The Help Trailer   Miss (Emma) Stone Goes To Mississippi

Emma Stone’s star meter has definitely been on the rise over the last couple of years, what with her turns in films like Zombieland and Easy A. The naturally-blonde starlet will be appearing in a handful of noteworthy titles this year alone, including an adaptation of the New York Times best-seller,¬†The Help.

A trailer has been released for The Help, which stars Stone as Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan, a young woman who sets out to shake things up in pre-Civil Rights movement Mississippi. Needless to say, the locals aren’t exactly enthused about her plans.

Here is an official synopsis for The Help:

Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, Skeeter (Stone) is a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends’ lives — and a small Mississippi town — upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen (Oscar-nominee Viola Davis), Skeeter’s best friend’s housekeeper, is the first to open up — to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community.

So The Help reads as a pretty conventional story about those that are underprivileged in society standing up for themselves – and all the (pardon the term) halabaloo that breaks out as a result. But could the film be more than just a pleasant if forgettable tale about prejudice?

Watch the trailer for The Help below and find out:

There are actually a number of things that I like about this trailer. Stone and Davis both make for very charismatic leading ladies; most everyone seems to be putting on a convincing (and thankfully not over-played) Southern accent; and while the ’60s-era production design may pale in comparison to the likes of Mad Men, its nonetheless admirable enough.

However, I won’t deny that The Help still looks like a made-for-regular-TV special about racism and social inequality in mid-2oth century America, complete with almost cartoonish villains and a story that’s painted in pretty broad strokes.¬†There’s nothing inherently bad about that, and the film looks like the sort of picture you can safely take the whole family to see – but that doesn’t mean it appears to be all that memorable or interesting either.

And on a completely different note – how meta is to see former Gwen Stacy actress Bryce Dallas Howard lock horns with Stone, who is playing the new incarnation of Miss Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man? Just thought I would mention that. icon wink The Help Trailer   Miss (Emma) Stone Goes To Mississippi

The Help arrives in theaters this summer on August 12th. Will you be checking it out?

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  1. Emma Stone and Bryce Dallas Howard are amazingly gorgeous. These sensual young women are indescribably beautiful.

  2. Looks fun and like it might be uplifting enough. Cast is solid and it’s reminiscent of the made for TV film The Long Walk Home (which also starred Spacek btw).

    Right now I want to see this but I see exactly what you mean about the cartoonish villains and I agree completely that this may end up being something that isn’t memorable or interesting. But as a Dreamworks picture it’ll try to put as much heart into the film as possible. We’ll see…

  3. The Help arrives in theaters this fall on August 12th

    I would change that to late summer. When Fall comes around, this movie will be gone.

    • Heh, good point. Thanks for catching that. :-)

  4. The trailer seems to lead one to believe that the movie Is t going to be more light hearted and comical than the book intended. The book takes a darker and serious nature and well worth the read. Kathryn Stocket did an amazing job with her debut novel. However, I am looking forward to seeing the movie as well.

    • Brandi,

      I have a feeling that yet again this is a case of a trailer misrepresenting a movie to get people to show up. If it is a serious film (which the topic seems to indicate to me) and they advertise it as more of a comedy, people who show up expecting that are going to be VERY annoyed.

      Vic

      • The book actually has a decent balance of comedy and heart-breaking moments. So, I wouldn’t necessarily say the trailer misrepresented it. It showed some of the intense moments in the book. I think that the whole playful tone of the trailer makes it appear comedic to those who haven’t read the book.

  5. Ill wait for them to show on tnt three night in a row.

  6. I think the reviewer needs to read this trailer review. http://shakespearessister.blogspot.com/2011/04/film-corner_19.html

    Better review of the trailer, and more spot on.

  7. I thought this movie was a solid “very good”. It has a swell soundtrack, plot, cast of characters, and cinematography. Instead of the typical old apologist Southern nostalgic film, it frankly seemed to say “NOT GUILTY”, or at least with a palatable overlay of techniques which are at times manipulating, though nakedly honest moments too. The youthful aspect of fashionable society was an improvement on “Steel Magnolias” and “Fried Green Tomatoes”. There is a timely sort of “have your cake and eat it too” sense of dignity, pride, and empowerment. Although the resolution leaves one with a feeling of peace, the things about the environment are changing if at a nice, manageable pace. I saw it tonight with my Mother who lived in the South while I was growing up, but originally from NY. Even she seemed to enjoy the flick. I did also, if confining to be in a theatre with all its trappings, it was nice to see it with Mom if nothing else. Thanks. RBS Salo’d u