|The Butler (1)|
Yesterday I was treated to the movie “The Butler” which is a 2013 American historical drama based on the life journey of Cecil Gaines. The move was quite impressive and showed detailed life snippets of Cecil’s high and low points starting from childhood. He eventually went on to serve as a butler under eight presidents, in the White House, during tremulous times like the civil rights movement, Vietnam War, and Water Gate. The movie brings in all this history and how it affected the main character in the required quiet butler role he endured over a life time. It’s a long film running over two hours so make sure you have enough popcorn and soda. Two weeks since its release and I had to go to three theaters to finally get a seat but definitely worth all the running around.
The film is directed by Lee Daniels, written by Danny Strong, and featuring an amazing ensemble cast which I am only going to feature a couple. You can always look them up on the web:
Oprah Winfrey - (Gloria Gaines) played an amazing sexy misunderstood drunk mother and wife. I believed and loved her performance.
Forest Whitaker - (Cecil Gaines) delivered a compelling performance of which transfixed me back “into and through time”. He allowed me to speculate on what it was like to be in Cecil Gaines shoes; just a good solid performance that was emotionally engaging. It’s like he gave his heart and soul on this one.
Michael Rainey Jr. - Cecil Gaines reminded me of my own twenty year old children so hello he was good!
Cuba Gooding Jr.- Carter Wilson always delivers emotion and believably….just loved him.
If you have a chance to see this movie, check it out! I promise you will not be disappointed.
1. Photograph: The Butler . http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-207_162-57599105/lee-daniels-the-butler-serves-up-no-1-success-at-box-office/