Written June 29, 2016
Hugely disappointed to learn the horrid plantation scenes were complete fiction and the real butler had no such negative experiences making this film simply racially divisive, negative propaganda.
Furthermore the whole son is also complete fiction which makes the bulk of this movie (especially the most interesting parts) complete fiction and not about the real butler or his real experiences except he was a black staffer (not butler) in the white house.
I think of all the people who will leave the theater thinking those horrible things really happened to him and how yet another generation will be instilled with racial hatred from fiction marketed as fact.
Why did you attach yourself to this Oprah? Makes me rethink you. Did you not know?
I would still like to see the REAL story of how the REAL blackstaffer in the white house for so long really experienced life and change. That would be amazing.
I am left wondering why anyone would invent such a racial divisive fake scene.
Written August 17, 2013
Based on reviews I had read, I knew Lee Daniels "The Butler" would be good, but what I didn't anticipate, was just how good it would be.
This is one of those rare movies where everything fits together perfectly. The story was riveting, the acting superb and production design stunning. I felt as if I was side by side with Cecil Gaines and his family during the turbulent 60's and beyond.
What really puzzles me is that I was sitting next to a guy in the theater and he was telling me about how there were 40 producers on this movie due to the challenges of getting it made.
Memo to Hollywood,.....less Lone Ranger (200+ Million Dollar Budget) and more movies like Lee Daniels "The Butler" (35 Million Budget). This clearly shows how out of touch most of Hollywood is with the movie going public.
Back to my review,.....The Butler will go down as one of the best films of the year, many Oscar nods are coming, and it should be required viewing for all Americans.
Written September 01, 2013
What a wonderful movie! Oprah and Forest Whitacker gave Oscar worthy performances. Enjoyed all the actors portrayals of historic figures of the twentieth century. This movie made me laugh and cry several times. I grew up during these decades and it brought back many memories and emotions and puts everything into perspective. So glad for these Freedom Fighters and for the insider's vantage point and price he paid for all his family's sufferings while he truly served his country. The best film by far I've seen in all my 60 years! Thank you for making it. It needed to be told for the younger generations.
Written August 17, 2013
I left dissapointed. I've seen better TV mini-series or movies. I've seen more compelling and inspiring acting in westerns. They could have and should haved one a much better job at writing, directing and acting to more appropriately honor the subject matter. I left somehwat dissapointed.
Written September 15, 2013
Terrible movie, all about white quilt and not much about the butlers experiences in the White House. We've heard this story so many times before. I found it boring and walked out half way through.