The Butler

5 December 2013


Black history films have always been one of my top genres for film ever since i watched Roots and Malcom X. Although i never get bitter when watching these type of films there is always a sense of realism that comes over me when watching them.

The Butler was no different. Orange Wednesdays led me to my local cinema to watch The Butler and i was far from disappointed. I already had high exceptions for the film from reading reviews but there's nothing like reviewing a film yourself.

The film is told through the butler, Cecil Gaines (played by Forest Whittaker) and how he made the transition from the cotton field, to a house n***a, a butler at a hotel, then on to the butler at the Whitehouse which he remained there for over 20 years. It shows us how family orientated Cecil is yet we see the constant struggle he has with his eldest son Louis (played brilliantly by David Ayelowo) due to his job and Louis's views on the "White mans world".



We see stages of Cecil Gaines life from a young boy up until his very old age (which i can only assume he would have been in his 90s if he was 8 in the 1920s and we last see him in 2008/2009). With his father dying at the age of 8 and then his mother going crazy he made it his mission to take care of his family and insure they never had to serve the white man a day in their lives.

We then have his son Louis Gaines who doesn't agree with what his father does. He is very much opinionated when it comes to the black community and joined many civil rights movements to highlight black awareness and their rights.


The film starred our very own Oprah Winfrey who's astounding performace had me glued to my chair at times. I sometimes forget that she is an actress, but then i think back to "The Colour Purple" and wonder why she was casted for the role of Gloria Gaines, Cecil's wife as she was prefect!
And can i just mention that the on screen chemistry between Whittaker and Winfrey was surprising impressive! Worth seeing just for that!


This is a remarkable story of a man who served 8 American presidents over three decades and doing all he can for his family. Featuring two very strong characters both drawn from the same blood, nevertheless they have different views on life.

The film also stars Mariah Carey, Aml Ameen, Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr, Lenny Kravitz and many more to name a few.... oh snap i couldn't forget Robin Williams...

Inspired by a true story, The Butler is definitely a recommended watch!

*All images sourced from Google.

6 comments

  1. I wanted to see this but I'm one of those people who after watching black history films gets REALLY angry for days/weeks. Hahaha. After the colour purple I told myself I had to stop, I think I may have to give it a watch though x

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    1. I know what you mean but i promise you it is not as intense as the colour purple. x

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  2. Oh, it really touched me! Such a great story, I am eager to see it! I saw a little part of it publicizing the movie on TV, and I thought "wow, Oprah is great!" and now you have just confirmed! Yes, it's a pity that the world is still divided into religion, races, social classes, who studied or not, and etc. I think that we are all one people, it means humans (well, some are not humans at all!) and for me, as far as I am concerned, being a butler at the White House would be a fine job like any other, being it performed by either Asian, black or white people - or any other. But I know that there's more to it than my naive or idealistic views. Hopefully people see that we are all the same one day. And really soon. Great post! Inspiring! denisesplanet com

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    1. I totally agree a job is a job, and a butler is a good job at that. I think in those days black people were seen as servants so to serve one of the most powerful men in the country who is also white seems like a terrible thing.

      Definitely watch the movie you won't regret it! x

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  3. I'm such a Forest Whitaker fan. I haven't seen the movie but now I really want to! Great review xoxo

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  4. I really want to watch this.
    Adela x

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