The Butler

What’s It About?
Rising from a boyhood of slavery in the cotton fields of Georgia to enter into domestic service and eventually becoming a butler serving eight presidents at the White House, an African-American man clashes with his son, who is involved in America’s burgeoning civil rights movement.

What Did We Think?
Marnie says: Historical epic The Butler paints an important, moving picture of the effects of injustice and systemic oppression by showing one uniquely placed man’s sacrifice and dedication to providing for his family against a backdrop of a radically changing America. An overlong, occasionally heavy-handed script’s quest to visit every historical signpost pushes its trajectory towards potted history lesson, but the film rightfully brings attention to the stories of the courageous, inspiring individuals who fought for racial equality in the United States.


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