Is the movie version of “The Help” better than the book? Yes, it is, primarily for one reason: The book doesn’t have Viola Davis in it.
I loved the novel The Help, with its focus on how telling our life story creates our sense of identity and self-worth. When I first heard that a film version was in the works, I hoped that the film would do justice to the subject matter. And when I read that Viola Davis was one of the actors, I believed that the film would have to be good. I’ll watch just about anything that features Viola Davis.
I was therefore gratified to read this review by Moira Macdonald, film critic of the Seattle Times. And I’m looking forward to seeing the movie myself next weekend.