Review: The Butler

The butler an Epic film an auto-biographical picture of life in 1920’s showing at cinema’s in England since the 15th November 2013. The  story highlights the life of African American’s in 1920’s from the view point of one of history’s most poignant recollection’s made by Eugene Allen the leading Butler in the White House served under eight presidents for over three decades from 1952 to 1986.

“The real story of the White House butler doesn’t imply racism at all. It’s simply Hollywood liberals wanting to believe something about my father that was never there,” writes Michael Reagan.

The film ‘The Butler’ tell the story of Cecil Gaines starring Forest Whitaker, a man who joins the White House serving staff as the Civil Rights movement begins to gain traction. Cecil continues to serve seven American presidents and we see the long and often tumultuous arc of the civil rights struggle in 20th century America through his eyes.

The film captures the voice of a man who lives through some of the most repressive times in America History. What’s particularly great about this movie is the research and effort put into the story line, to produce a curtailing story. The filming had some interesting contrast between the footage from the 20th century American riots and demonstrations, and of that from the story depicting the differences between the lives of the leading character and his son.

Overall, the film produced a nice vocal point from the perspective of  a civil servant in the 1920’s period, thus capturing the viewers attention and creating a new impression on the events that happened during that period of time.


Lee Daniels’ The Butler

PG-13, 2 hr. 6 min.

Genre: Drama

Directed By: Lee Daniels

Written By: Danny Strong

In Theaters: Nov 15, 2013 Wide

US Box Office:£115.6M







Forest WhitakerForest Whitaker – Cecil Gaines

Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey  – Gloria Gaines

Cuba Gooding Jr.Cuba Gooding Jr. – Carter Wilson
Terrence HowardTerrence Howard  – Howard

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