“THE BUTLER”–A New Film Report
“THE BUTLER”—A New Film Report
Dear Eminent Visitor,
HERE COMES A FIRST-RATE FILM!
Well, at last I have seen a movie that portrays a great story, first-rate acting, an American tale of triumph and reform– with the kind of directing that makes magic out of film— and all of the above with authentic courageousness. “THE BUTLER” is that film. It’s the story of a black child who sees himself made an orphan in an instant–and through further strokes of fate—both bad and good—luckily becomes a butler at The White House– serving as many as eight Presidents. It is a drama that takes in the Civil Rights’ clash, Viet Nam, and man-tragedies facing the country and affecting the way the Presidents thought and consulted with their top advisors– in front of “Cecil Gaines”.
A FACE YOU WON’T FORGET!
The stature and soulful bearing of this butler, played with Oscar winning fervor– via Forest Whitaker—is a treat no film going public should risk missing. In his gaze you
see embodied the scope of suffering his race has endured through The Twentieth Century. Here we see him following the staunch protocol of being a White House butler, while his older son’s in a southern college drilling his group’s sit-in strike’s strategy. David Oyelowo plays that defiant son. Meanwhile, the wife of the butler, “Gloria”, perfectly pitched by Oprah Winfrey, plays the stay-at-home mom– busy drinking and smoking –to assuage her lonely days. Yet, with “Cecil”, she becomes a devoted wife; and their love for each other builds to their final days together.
THE RIGHT DIRECTION SHOWS!
No film with this success could have such a full soul without heart-felt directing by Lee Daniels, who also helped produce “THE BUTLER”… What with budgets to adhere to and fierce time challenges to overcome and serve, he deserves much of the credit. Although I thought the script was mediocre, the line of the tale was quite moving. Its writer, Danny Strong, showed a lot of passion that I thought came through frequently.
WHAT MAKES FILMS WORTH THEIR SALT!
I would suspect this kind of story has a lot of “plugged inserts” that probably can’t correctly conform to what really happened. But perhaps ”truth” is less crucial than the ”non-truth” in a movie that coaches the cores of viewers with emotion. It’s not vital that we verify what was shown, as that we can recall how we felt about what was shown– which makes films worth their salt.
FORGOTTEN RAW FOOTAGE!
There’s some raw film footage of the Civil Rights Movement that many of us who lived through that time may have forgotten, But hopefully that just shows how far we have come.
THIS FILM DESERVES AN EIGHT!
I think this film deserves an EIGHT— and I hope not only older folks will see it, but a whole new generation of viewers who’ve scarcely learned about these events. (Thank goodness for Hollywood’s role!)
Humbler Acts, creator of THE WIZARD’S OUTRAGEOUS SCHEME FOR STOPPING SMOKING, reports one film every week as a relaxation from his speaking and writing on stopping smoking through dream use and Seven Forces. He’s American, English-educated, residing in St. Louis, MO (USA). Hew can be reached: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 314-574-7681
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