The Butler

As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man’s life, family, and American society. – source IMDB.COM”

Forest Whitaker in The Butler

We don’t go that often to the movies, Princess and I. Mind you, not that we don’t want to but our time together is limited to a few evenings a week and an afternoon once in a blue moon. There is so much we want to squeeze into our moments together like going to the sauna, shopping (yes…), our dance lessons, dance training, reading in bed, playing and so forth.

The last movie we saw in a theatre was the biopic “Lincoln” and we adored it.

So when Princess texted me yesterday afternoon and asked if we could go to the movies I was thrilled to bits.
Later that evening I picked Princess up at her home and we went to see “The Butler”.

“The Butler” is a typical frame narrative and the personal story of Mr. Cecil Gaines, a magnificent Forrest Whitaker, is used to tell the history of racial segregation and the long and slow emancipation of the Black Citizens in the United States.
The movie starts in 2009 while Mr. Gaines is waiting in the White House and then switches to a cotton plantation in the 1920s when Gaines is a little boy and ends, of course, when Barack Obama becomes the first colored President of the USA.

Lot’s of well know historical characters pass in review, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Reagan et al.
Mr. Nixon, played by John Cusack, is predictably depicted in a very negative way, Mr. Reagan seems indifferent to Civil Rights, something I find hard to believe.

To my astonishment Martin Luther King was only a minor character in the movie and if memory serves me right the name of George Wallace, one of the hardliner segregationists and populist and Governor of Alabama, was not even mentioned.

I am sure there are some historical inaccuracies in this movie but even then this is a highly educational film about a dark period in American history.
Sadly segregation, racism and hatred against those whom are different are of all times. I hold my heart when I see how around me, in Europe and elsewhere, the extreme right body of thought is, once again, slowly becoming popular.

Ophra Winfrey is not that well know in my country so I was pleasantly surprised to discover this grand lady as a great and extremely convincing actress.

The Butler” is a wonderful historical drama and very much worth your time.

The Butler


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