Very nicely done. The Butler is sort of a love story that educates us on the events regarding the Black plight from the 50’s to present. At the tender age of 6, Cecil (played by Forest Whitaker) worked beside his parents, picking cotton. Tragedy unfolds at the onset of this brilliant movie and we get to see Cecil’s life unfold as he becomes “The Butler”. This movie is based on a true story depicting the life of Eugene Allen, born July 14, 1919, in Scottsville, VA over the span of 8 presidents. Eugene died March 31st, 2010 and his wife, played by Oprah Winfrey passed in 2008 a few days short of Obama’s win as the 44th president of the United States. Lee Daniels may have directed a potential academy award nominated feature. I really felt like I was right there in the White House with Cuba, Lenny and Forest. The Butler was personable and real. I learned something new about each president Cecil served under.
For the sake of history, heartfelt entertainment, masterful direction and a cast to die for, see The Butler. It’s worth your time and your money!