'Ambivalence' describes best how I feel about this. The story is not accurate on various issues. The visualization & characterization of the presidents is questionable. The majority of cast is disappointing. Racism, discrimination, segregation are still reality in the US; it makes sense to memorize again & again. Although there are hangovers overall the movie is entertaining. Mr. Withaker is outstanding.
Mélodrame édifiant, à la mise en scène démonstrative et très classique, le Majordome condense dans une grande fresque militante, humaniste et pédagogique, un siècle de combat pour le droit des noirs Américain. Tout y est correcte et sans grande surprise, un peu simpliste et sans grande subtilité, mais efficace.
The Butler is a paint by numbers, generic drama that does a disservice to the history that it is portraying. Not even Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey's dynamic performances could have saved this film from mediocrity. Oh and John Cusack's Richard Nixon is unbelievable bad! It's almost worth watching the movie just to see Cusack try act like Nixon! The Butler is in many ways a poor man's Forest Gump.
Another one of those preachy Oscar films we see too many of every year that would rather tell a story old people would like to hear as opposed to contributing to and expanding the medium. That said, it was kinda funny to see people badly play different presidents.
A wooden (even cartoonish) yet well intentioned and in some regards well acted (esp. Oprah and Whitaker) film. Unfortunately Daniels botches it by turning Cecil into a Black Forest Gump who just happens to be in the midst of several pivotal historical moments. It's unfortunate because the central conflict between father and son, different generations of Black men, is a moving one.