This past weekend, Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler’ took center stage at many Atlanta theaters over the weekend. The movie lived up to its claims and expectations by critics and moviegoers as being one of the movies of the summer to see. The movie has a cast of known superstars from, Director: Lee Daniels to Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey to Jane Fonda.
‘The Butler’ is a 2hr and 12 minute history lesson that you want find in a history book. The movie depicts the true story of a White House butler; Cecil Gaines, played by Forest Whitaker and his family. The butler served during the administration of eight American presidents, from Eisenhower to the Reagan Administration. The movie opened the door to a reminder of the true issues about slavery, racism and the dramatic changes that our society endured during that time.
Our society continues to struggle with the issues of race even today. It also focused on how those issues affected Cecil Gaines family and other families in America black and white. Mr. Gaines was one of many black butlers at the White House. He had a very pivotal role in the movie along with his wife, Gloria, played by Oprah Winfrey. From the civil rights movement to the war in Vietnam and concluded with the election of the first black President Barack Obama in 2008. This movie covered history, the decisions and tension that many Americans experienced.
The movie has Oscar contender written all over it. You will cry, you will applauded and for those who have experienced this time in their lives; you will flashback and reflect your own personal experiences during this time. And even now the racist attitudes that many still perceive, endure, and face in 2013.
The movie is a reflection of where we have been and how far we still have to go to achieve equal rights for all in this country. The timing of this movie is perfect; because it is on the eve of the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s and August 28th, 2013 will mark the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington & Dr. King’s, ‘I Have A Dream’ speech. Welcome to Atlanta.
Note: ‘The Butler’ was the number one and top grossing movie this weekend. The Box office reports a $25 million payday. http://insidemovies.ew.com/2013/08/18/box-office-report-the-butler/
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