Excerpt: The film is touted as being “inspired by a true story” of Eugene Allen, who served in the White House for 34 years, but other than the fact that both Gaines and Allen are African American butlers, their life stories couldn’t be more different.
Excerpt: You could tell me all day long how good The Butler is, but I had zero desire to see it. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but so little about it looked appealing to me. I think I just expected a heavy-handed overly dramatic message movie.
Conclusion: Lee Daniels' The Butler is easy to watch and kind of enjoy, but uninspired fictionalization makes it fall short of its lofty goals. It's a movie passing itself off as a film and one whose politics, story, and shallow, dizzying design are tough to digest.
Conclusion: The Butler was a surprisingly good film. It never felt heavy handed and regardless of what some are saying about it it doesn’t cater to “liberal” politics or whatever. Forrest Whitaker gives a great performance as does Oprah. Actually, everyone in their respective roles give great performances.
Conclusion: The Butler misses its opportunities for greatness but is nevertheless a solid picture that students of history will enjoy, though perhaps not love. No picture in recent memory feels so divided as this, on one hand telling a captivating, important, touching, and heartfelt story of a man's personal...
Conclusion: As a student of history, as well as a political junkie, I was both surprised and disappointed at how 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' turned out. I can forgive the movie for fictionalizing most of the events in Gaines family life and career for purposes of the movie (one of the reasons they didn't use...
Excerpt: Danny Strong very loosely adapted Lee Daniels' The Butler from a 2008 Washington Post article by Wil Haygood, detailing the life of Eugene Allen, a black butler who served at the White House for three decades.
Excerpt: Given the amount of white baby boomer nostalgia we've been flooded with for the last two decades, there should be just as many films about the civil rights movement, and specifically the Freedom Riders, young idealists who fought and died for an unerringly virtuous cause.