Written August 17, 2013
This is an excellent movie. Not as much about the Presidents as I had imagine, but a meaningful story about a man, a family, and race in America in the mid-20th century. All the major actors, but particularly Forest Whittaker, should be up for an Academy award. Take the time to go see it.
Written January 29, 2015
Was it predictable? Of course. Was it a feel good movie? Absolutely.
But all of the actors gave stellar performances. The movie itself was captivating and at times I had the chills as i watched the historical references. Robin Williams as Eisenhower, Liev Schreiber as LBJ, John Cusak as Nixon and Alan Rickman were amazing. I don't remember the guy who played JFK because he honestly was no that good.
Don't miss the movie. It is amazing.
Written September 23, 2014
Excellent movie, well acted and fascinating window into a perspective on American history that is, if not unique, very rare.
The critics have been idiots; just did not get what Daniels was trying-and succeeding--to do.
Written December 23, 2014
Although my wife & I had a "private showing"(we were alone in the theatre), we both agreed to exit half way into the movie. Unlike "12 Years A Slave", which we both thought was excellent and well performed, "The Butler" missed on most levels. Very disappointing was the directors choices of actors to portray the various presidents-none of which bore even a distant resemblance to the designated presidents. Additionally, unlike many PBS versions of identical times covered by this movie, PBS's depictions were substantially more accurate and compelling.
Written September 03, 2013
The movie is brilliant.. As the movie transitioned through the various presidents, the services past and present related to the butler vs personal issues intertwined with real life events is brilliant!!! I was amazed by the actors chosen to play the various presidents they were excellent. This movie gave us a glimpse of what its was like to live in that time through the eyes of this butler.
The movie is Oscar material.