Some posts ago I wrote about The Help, the fantastic novel from author Kathryn Stockett, which addressed several important social and personal issues: equality, race, the endurance of personal tragedy, and the strength of learning that as a human being, you're entitled to all the rights and freedoms as the next man.
Having read the novel (and because I prefer to read a novel before I see any screen adaptation of it) I decided to rent the movie as well, and just wanted to share briefly the ties and themes it stayed true to in regards to the original story.
I was actually pretty surprised and happy to find that the story (and much of the snappy dialogue) remained. As far as faithful adaptations, having read the story prior was definitely an enjoyable part of the whole experience. The emotional impacts it makes are far stronger when you've taken the time to develop these characters in your mind as you read the novel.
As far as the movie goes, it was definitely a powerful, emotional ride. Much as with the novel, you spend time in the grip of anxiety, just waiting, waiting for the inevitable storm that will result from the behind-the-curtain going-ons happening in the story.
Definitely have some tissues on hand for this one too, I'm not embarrassed to say. Nothing will beat on your heartstrings quite as much as listening to the tragic monologue of the main character and watching her evolve past that sorrow come the end of the film.