Written November 27, 2013
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 August 25, 2013
This movie was well acted but it would have been nice if it was based on fact! There are so many falsehoods in this movie that it is hard to find any truth! Don't waste your time!
Written July 29, 2014
The Butler is a must see for anyone who is concerned that racism still exists. Although the setting is the past, the film brings into focus the injustice that still exists in the US today. Freedom to live as equals is still denied African-Americans today. We see it with the inequality of a high ratio of blacks to whites in our prisons, poor education denied to those who cannot afford to live in "better neighborhoods," poor healthcare, and many other areas. The actors protrayed well the hopes of black families while struggling with being black in a white-dominated society. I grew up in the South and remember well separate schools, separate toilets, separate water fountains, separate pay scales, and the prejudice that falsely made whites seem superior while mistreating the black community. I cried at two points: when the butler refused to forgive his son and forced him from their home, and when he took his wife to visit where he was born - reminders very personal.
Written September 01, 2013
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 The movie itself was captivating and at times I had the chills as i watched the historical references.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 July 28, 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. The closing statement overwhelmed me and brought tears to my eyes. The entire audience rose up and applauded at the movies completion. We had so much to reflect on. We were ashamed of the behavior of the Southern whites, the US Army and the American public for our lack of engagement in the inhuman treatment of all African Americans. We need to address the plight of our Black and American Indian citizens here at home and let the rest of the free world deal with the plight of third world nations.