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11/28/2017 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Superb and fascinating

"The Butler" is a fascinating historical look at the struggle of the African- American population for equal rights and an equal dignity over the years in the U.S. I'm not sure if it's completely accurate and historically correct. To be honest , I was afraid it was going to be as boring as "Lincoln ",but for 2 hours it got my complete attention. And that for a movie that's based on historical facts . If only history lessons were like this movie. I do think it should be mandatory teaching material . A lot of people will say that this film is strategically launched in order to qualify for an Oscar nomination and even receive a few of them . To be honest I am not hundred percent sure bout that. And if that's a motive to skip this movie, you'll actually miss one of the best...

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01/31/2015 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Lee Daniels' The Butler review

"Everything you are and everything you have, is because of that butler." The film heavily relies on its Civil Rights, respect, racism and political angles, but this critic safely states that it is one of the best pictures on the importance of marriage, spending time with family and lost years between a father and son whose interests in the beginning were conflicting. Music and wardrobe just matches the timeline. Camera direction was wonderful coupled with actual footage's of various era's make it more engaging. Acting was spotless and Forest Whitaker just shines on this one. Oprah likewise delivers a sensational performance which matches Whitaker's intensity. Not as serious as 12 Years a Slave since it had some comical moments such as the scene in prison between the 2 brot...

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08/19/2013 (2 of 2 found this helpful)

Surpasses Expectations

'The Butler' is a civil rights tale dressed up in a hollywood-ized 'biography' (I use the term loosely) of one man's profession. This film succeeds at surpassing that quota by focusing solely on our main character and his family. Their drama is intertwined with actual history involving civil rights, giving us a middle class African American view of the situation through the decades. At the very core of the story is the struggling father/son relationship that mirrors the clashing of opinions on the issue. This provides many emotional moments that are earned through their weight in truth and from the terrific performances from each family member and supporters. Speaking of supporters, those playing the various presidents have very little screen time and are wearing little to no make-up...

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