It's watching Cecil open his eyes, in Whitaker's reflective, powerfully understated performance, that fills this flawed film with potency and purpose. Striving really does bring its own glory. show more
The butler, Cecil Gaines, is a fictional creation, an African-American Forrest Gump who bears special witness to the civil-rights movement while serving on the White House staff under seven presidents. The contrivance is stretched to its breaking point over a running time of 132 minutes; some of the episodes cross a different line from almost plausible to downright silly. That's not the whole story, though. show more
For all its faults - and there are many, from shameless compression of events to milk the drama for all it's worth, to the gimmicky miscasting of several commanders-in-chief (Robin Williams as Eisenhower is especially egregious) - The Butler is an inspiring and important summation of the black struggle. show more
GOOD MOVIE..LIKE THE HISTORY AND THE STORY TOLD.BUT A BIT TOO LONG AND ALOT OF THE CHARACTERS WERE UNFORGETABLE..COULD HAVE BEEN A MADE FOR TV MOVIE
Good movie but not original since there were so many movies about slavery and their emancipation. Very interesting though because it was based on a true story. Unfortunately politicians suck. ALL people should be treated equally.
Great movie- brought back memories that help shaped America.