Sunday, 11 September 2016

The Butler (2013)

A butler serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society.

Sprawling dramatic life story exemplifying the civil right's era with its conflicts and inner contradictions, at times heartwrenching, then polemical and sometimes simplifying; it offers good performances all around and leaves a memorable impression.

Maltin***: "Surprisingly effective as a metaphor for that emotional journey, thanks to superior acting by a dazzling ensemble...although it does veer towards soap opera near the end. Winfrey is exceptional in an unself-conscious performance as Whitaker's loyal (but tested) wife.. On the White House side, the casting is novel and intriguing; Rickman and Fonda are perfect as Ronald and Nancy Reagan."

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