I loved reading The Help so when offered tickets for a movie preview I was delighted. The Movie Tavern on 7th Street made seats available to a select audience.
The writer/director (Tate Taylor) and producer (Chris Columbus) of The Help brought the book to life in Greenwood, a small town on the Mississippi Delta. The movie stayed quite close to the novel apart from a few changes. It's been a long time since I read the book, but I believe the story of the maid in Skeeter's house had been changed. Quite a few scenes were removed, but didn't affect the story. The homes of the characters were just as I had imagined them and the cast was well chosen. I do recommend reading the book because the characters were interwoven so much deeper than could have possibly been portrayed in a movie, but this is the one time where I think the movie was true to both the story and characters.