Movie Review: Lee Daniels’ The Butler ****

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Based on a true story, Lee Daniels’ The Butler is a movie about the civil rights of blacks in America throughout the 20th century as seen through the eyes of a black butler. Cecil Gaines’ life begins working in the cotton fields of the deep South. He becomes the plantation’s house nigger and moves on to become a server at a fine hotel until he is noticed and is chosen to work as a butler in the White House. He serves several Presidents, and must remain invisible in his job during the civil rights era. The job takes its toll on his family. His children get involved in the issues in which he remains silent. Turmoil and conflict in his personal and professional life are endured until the final chapter.

An all star cast including Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, and  Cuba Gooding Jr.  tell the history of the civil rights movement though the eyes of people affected and involved in it. The acting is very good and the story is very good. If I hadn’t lived through it, it would be hard to believe how horribly our country treated blacks in the not-so-distant past. The ‘N” word is used a lot in this movie. There is a lot of violence.  A good education and a good movie worth of 4 out of 5 stars.

Published in: on February 28, 2014 at 6:24 pm  Leave a Comment  
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