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 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!
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