The story is set in a volatile region and period of American history; down south in a small town during the 60s when the civil rights movement was gaining momentum fast. Skeeter (Emma Stone) returns to her town of Jackson, only to find out her old house maid, Constantine (Cicely Tyson) has left without even informing her; something Skeeter finds very fishy despite the assurances of her mother that she wasnt let go. Wanting to impress a New York based editor, Elain Stein (Mary Steenburg), Skeeter hits upon the idea of writing a book that chronicles stories of the numerous African-American maids employed throughout Jackson. After much pursuing she manages to convince the experienced Aibileen (Viola Davis) to share her life-story. The blatantly racist face of the town is none other than Skeeters childhood buddy, Hilly (Bryce Dallas Howard) who all for segregation and actively pushes other housewives into implementing it with their families. How Skeeter, Aibileen and the other maids go about completing the book forms the crux of the tale. Other characters and their sub-plots flit in and out of the narrative forming a rich plot.
After a long time I have come across a drama that refuses to assign one central character. While the focus changes constantly between various players you are left wondering whom the story is about actually and by the end when all their tales reach their logical conclusion, you understand the weight of each characters arc. The only sub-plot that fails to leave any significant impact is that of Skeeters relationship with Stuart, which is set up kind of haphazardly and resolved very abruptly.
Though the movie chooses to put historical events in the background like the killing of Medgar Evers (depicted in the 1996 film The Ghosts of Mississippi)view less