Lee Daniels the Butler [Blu-ray] [Import]
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The movie itself hits you right in the heart, I don't think anyone could watch this movie and not feel the emotions, even if your family has never been subjected to discrimination.
The movie is hard hitting, and although the previews didn't make it seem "gruesome", don't let it deceive you. This movie doesn't sugar coat anything. It hits hard, and leaves you gasping for air.
The acting in the movie is phenomenal, but that can only be expected when it stars Forest Whitaker. Suprisingly, Oprah Winfrey was also amazing in her role (which shouldn't be surprising after her role in The Color Purple, but it always is). The rest of the cast was equally as good, and extremely well placed.
The script keeps you very much interested, and at no point did I find myself drifting off in thought, which says alot.
Should you see? absolutely yes.
I recommend the movie for an in-depth look at the horrors of racism.
Cecil Gaines serves as a witness and participant in history, stoically raising a family while his world seems to burn at every turn. The horrors of Jim Crow make most of the movie very hard to watch, but it is educational and very interesting. Whitaker does an outstanding job and should at least get an Oscar nomination. Oprah Winfrey does a good job as his wife; other standouts are Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrence Howard, and David Oyelowo.
I was horrified at the violence and injustices and cringed the whole time, but I'm still glad I saw it.
The beginning stated that the movie was inspired by a true story. If there was one thing I would change about the movie it would be that statement, as some of the more significant story elements used in this movie are in fact not true. That is not to diminish the story in any way as entertainment, but to depict something as a true story, and then foist a not true narrative on the spectator does not bode well for the movies Oscar aspirations, though it has not hurt it at the box office.
With the well deserved success of the superior movie 'The Help,' from last year, the writers of this movie were obviously hoping to get similar acclaim for this movie.
The movie opens in a deep south plantation cotton field in 1926, and a young black boy watches as the plantation owners son grabs the boys mother (played by Mariah Carey) and pulls her into the barn, where we can deduce what happens. When the owner emerges what happens next is fiction. The landowners mother or aunt, played by Vanessa Redgrave perhaps moved by pity, or guilt, then trains the boy to be a house slave, I mean servant. When the boy grows up, he leaves the plantation, and filled with determination to make a better life for himself than his parents somehow becomes the White house butler.
Except in reality the inciting event did not happen.
What I did like about the movie is that it was well made, and has a stellar cast. Several performances are worth talking about, particularly Forest Whitaker as The Butler, who may win an Oscar nomination, and I particularly liked James Marsden's take on John F Kennedy.Read more ›
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I showed the movie, The Butler to a group of Seniors and we all Love The MoviePublished 1 month ago by Helen