Lee Daniels The Butler
The film will revolve around the true story of an African-American butler who served at the White House. The film is based off the story “A Butler Well Served By This Election,” written by Will Haygood. The story revolved around Eugene Allen, who was a Presidential butler from 1952 to 1986, and is paralleled with the election of Barack Obama.
Here is a dramatic film that shows many aspects of this country through some difficult times as it brings to life the reality of one mans journey for many years starting in 1926. The Butler starts with a young man in the cotton fields down south during some hard racial times. Confronted with the attack of his mother and death of his father, Cecil is taken into the house as a “house servant”. But as he grows, he knows that he needs to leave this life and go north. He is taught to be a butler in a hotel in Washington DC and that gives him the chance to be part of the White House staff which gives him access to many Presidents over the years. He has a front row seat to the political changes that this country experiences in 30+ years and also the problems within his own family due to the racial changes this world takes.It is an emotional film that shows the tension that this country has gone through in the racial divide and the injustices in how others were treated in the years. This movie shows hard times and sad times along with some funny moments. But in the end it is a historical themed movie about Cecil’s life. Although this is a very sensitive film filled with many familiar stars, due to the language content and other issues we can not approve this movie for family viewing.