Written May 01, 2016
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.
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 October 10, 2015
With humor and pathos and realism, this film sets forth the life of a blac man whose personal journey mirrors the turmoil of his times. Cecil's willingness to learn, to serve, to survive bring him to work at the White House, where he quitely obsreves -- and perhaps influences --the history of our country.