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Armond White Has Seen "The Help" And His Verdict Is...

by Sergio
August 12, 2011 4:06 AM
6 Comments
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Our Lord and Savior and enfant terrible New York Press film critic Armond White has seen and cast his judgment on The Help and it's... a cop out!

It's a mixed review - he sorta, kinda likes it, but he does have some serious reservations about it. Still it's nowhere as incisive as Tambay's recent review nor does he really say anything about the film's shortcomings that other reviewers haven't pointed out already. He also does not viciously go after the film, as people might have been expecting he would, like in his infamous review of Precious. He does say though that it's better than a Tyler Perry movie, but then again what isn't????

You can read his review for yourself HERE.

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6 Comments

  • BluTopaz | August 15, 2011 9:43 AMReply

    "Except for tomboy Skeeter, the film's white women are extreme caricatures. This simplifies racism as aberrant to American social custom and denies its normality."

    Very interesting observation, not just re: this flick but for script writing overall. When your villians are caricatures, it's hard to take them seriously.

    "The Help acknowledges black women's plight, yet tips the balance away from them to Stone's Skeeter"

    Shocker!!

  • CareyCarey | August 13, 2011 8:55 AMReply

    I know honesty and justice doesn’t always play well in many quarters of the world, so I have a hunch why this post didn’t receive the usual number of comments associated with a review by Armond White.

    In this case, his review did not speak to the voices of rage and furor that preceded the film’s viewing. He didn’t pander to that crowd, nor did he address many of the issue that fueled the voices of discontent. In fact, by and large, he extinguished those voices by simply reviewing the movie, which appears to be absent of many of the issues that had many black people in a furious uproar. But seriously, why should he if they were not present?

    By and large, after reading the review, I have to agree with Sergio’s opening... minus the “cope out”. I don’t understand where he copped-out, nor the issues he may have run from? So let me say the following words one more time. I mean, they’re not my words but they represent my thoughts and I’ll tell you why.

    “It’s a mixed review - he sorta, kinda likes it, but he does have some serious reservations about it. Still it’s nowhere as incisive as Tambay’s recent review nor does he really say anything about the film’s shortcomings that other reviewers haven’t pointed out already. He also does not viciously go after the film, as people might have been expecting he would, like in his infamous review of Precious”

    The words... “He did not viciously go after the film” is exactly why I believe many have kept their hands off this post. As Sergio said, “ people might have been expecting [that]”, and when they didn’t get it, they were left high & dry. For those who voiced deep disdains over this film, Armond’s review left nothing to rally around, cheer about, nor say “I told you so”.

  • Sergio | August 12, 2011 11:47 AMReply

    THANK YOU! My error

  • Cynthia | August 12, 2011 5:19 AMReply

    Just corrected it ShebaBaby...thanks!

  • ShebaBaby | August 12, 2011 5:10 AMReply

    Hey Sergio,

    For some reason the link is coming up wrong. It should be

    http://www.nypress.com/article-22724-entertaining-empathy.html

  • Mecca | August 12, 2011 2:23 AMReply

    "The Help settles for mere entertainment"

    Those are some of his last words in his review about "The Help".

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