Written August 17, 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed and was touched by this movie. In part because I grew up when many of these things happened and remember what it was like to see on television as a child the sweeping changes evolve in this country. It is important to not forget our history and all that brought us where we are today-- the good the bad and in many cases, the ugly. I commend Lee Daniels for bringing this element of our history to light in this way. It reminds me of The Help in some ways-- in that it brings to light a side that the majority of people never even consider-- yet it was very, very real. All the struggles that people endured in order to survive. Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey are beautifully cast in their respective roles. I appreciated the conflicts between father and son, husband and wife, provider and supporter. They both delivered very believable performances. I would see it again, and take someone young who needs to "understand--and appreciate."
Written December 28, 2014
went to see the butler for date nite last nite. it was like forest gump in that it followed the life of the main character thru a bunch of historical events. even used some of the same clips from the race riots I think. very good movie. I laffed I cried what more could u ask from a movie? forest whittaker & oprah were outstanding and cuba was hiliarious. must see.
Written December 29, 2014
A truly outstanding movie. You felt like you were living the history of the Civil Rights movement. It brought me back to my youth in the 1960's. The movie made me remember that, even though our nation is far from perfect, we have come a long way from the earliest days portrayed.
Written August 18, 2013
The film is a 'must see.' It was well written, well directed; casting was fantastic, set design and costuming were fabulous. I graduated from high school in 1965 and there was so much that I didn't realize while living through it. But then white America wouldn't have living in California. I was not shocked, I was just amazed at how oblivious people can be to the times that they were living in.
Go see it, that your kids. Amazing.
Written December 19, 2014
1. Film was well done
2. educational as well as entertaining
3. Sensitive, emotional areas handled carefully, but powerfully
4. An anachronism.(when talking about equal pay during Reagan's period, it would have been said "the black man or colored or Negro, but just saying Blacks as a racial group would not have been said by the butler, he was not in tune with the terms)
5. Actors were excellent
6. Movie should be a requirement for seniors in high school because employment and history of how people were expected to work same positions, but receive unequal wages solely on how one looked and not performance.
7. A good lesson in pride, dedication, commitment to family. An example that there were also African-American stay-at- home housewives which isn't often expressed in the media.