Written August 18, 2013
A eye opening film for my daughter. Her generation, I don't ,think understood what happened only 50 years ago and earlier. The biggest suprise was Oprah Winfrey, I know she is a good actress, BUT she out did herself. She gets a standing ovation from me. This is a must see movie.
Written October 07, 2013
I don't know what I was expecting from this movie, but honestly not much. I finally went to see it because there really wasn't much else playing and I wanted to see a movie. Very thought provoking and excellent acting. I learned a TON. Would highly recommend!
Written October 14, 2013
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 August 22, 2014
I was initially hesitant to see the movie, but I must say I am extremely happy I did. The main characters, played by Forest and Oprah, were excellent in their portrayals ... their ability to show the range of emotions needed, both subtle and overt. is outstanding. The supporting cast, from their sons, to Gooding, Jr., Howard, Marsden, Williams, Fonda, Cusack, Rickman and Schreiber were all excellent in their portrayals of those who lived during those tumultuous years. It is always heart wrenching to see what people (no matter color, or nationality) have endured throughout years and sometimes centuries, in order to make their lives better ... and just as heart wrenching to see the people that have tried to eradicate, or keep them in servitude. All those emotions and story line were so elegantly displayed in this movie. It is one for all people to see and appreciate...
Written September 17, 2014
This was an incredible movie, depicting not only the life of a man but that of the freedom riders. It was moving, touching, heartbreaking, inspirational, historical, and important. Forest W. and Oprah W. are amazing in this movie and bring a genuine feel to their characters. The make up artistry for this movie is outstanding. The history of what the freedom riders went through is depicted in this movie with no apologies... it does not hold back... which makes it that much more powerful and important as a piece of historical theater. This movie is guaranteed to be an Oscar contender. It is a must see.