FilmLee Daniels' The Butler: Great Acting, Pretty Good Hollywood Movie, Dumb Politics
by Jen Graves
on Fri, Aug 16, 2013 at 11:01 AM
LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER Better than Lou Gehrig's disease, worse than Ruth's Chris Steak House.
Lee Daniels' The Butler is based on the life of a real African American man who was a domestic worker at the White House for eight presidential terms. The movie seems to take plenty of liberties in fleshing out the story originally told in a surprisingly short front-page article in the Washington Post. The opening scene of the movie is a brutal series of crimes that happen in the span of five minutes to the future butler and his parents in a Southern cotton field where they're still functionally enslaved decades after abolition. "In act one, Negroes are mistreated," said a black activist friend I ran into at the entrance to the movie theater, predicting what she was about to see before the movie even started. "In act two, white people rise up to help. Act three, Negro grows old and tells the story."