The Butler


The Butler, also known as Lee Daniel’s The Butler, is a rather good film.

It’s inspired by the story of Eugene Allen, who worked as a butler at the White House for 34 years, during which time he worked for every administration from President Eisenhower to President Reagan.

Set parallel to the American Civil Rights movement, The Butler highlights quite how much America changed in the second half of the twentieth century. For this reason, it’s often an uncomfortable film to watch, as the audience are frequently reminded of the horrors that took place before racial equality arrived.

Starring Forest Whittaker as Cecil Gaines, the butler of the picture, the audience are kept rooted to their seats thanks to a leading role that’s almost certain to garner a number of award nominations.

But it’s not just Whittaker who’s great in the film, as the ensemble cast also help to elevate the overall picture.

Although it’s a tough film to watch, the the worst thing about The Butler is knowing that some of the historical scenes depicted aren’t fictitious, for this reason, I’d recommend viewing this film.



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