This is a true story of Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker). A sharecroppers son who watched his mom be raped by one of the sons of the owner and his father shot to death by the same man. He would be taken in by the same owner and taught how to be a "House Nigger". Cecil would later run away and land a job in a nice motel. A man by the name of Maynard (Clarence Williams III) would show him the proper way to be a Butler. Cecil would do such a fine job that he would make his way to Washington. He would be spotted by R .D. Warner (Jim Gleason) and would be asked to come to an interview to be a Butler at the White House.
His interviewer would be Freddie Fallows (Coleman Domingo) and Cecil would be hired on the spot.
By now Cecil was married and had two children. Gloria Gaines (Oprah Winfrey) would stand by her man but it was Cecil who would stand by her more. She would have addictions that needed to be monitored but she was a good woman. His son Louis (David Oyelowo) would be involved with the Civil Rights Movement of the 60's.
Cecil would serve in the White House for 30 years and serve many Presidents, but this movie is much more than just about a job.
This movie is a history of what was considered the norm to what became Law. The black people of this country endured so much bigotry and hatred at the hands of the white man that I'm surprised this country survived. This movie shows the injustice the black man had to live through.
Some might want to call Cecil an Uncle Tom because of the job he held. I disagree, everyone has to work. Cecil just worked in the White House. He was no better or worse than any other man. I feel he is a man to look up to. He held a job for 30 years. He held a job that had him at the highest level of his career. He held a job that with all my education I wouldn't be able to hold.
Director Lee Daniels should be proud of this Academy Award Winner, oops I might have let the cat out of the bag. I have never been an Oprah Winfrey fan but I must say the woman has out done herself on this one I truly hope and pray that Forest Whitaker will take home best actor. I have watched many a movie these past many months but this one makes you laugh, cry, get angry, and feel proud all in the same breath. If you do not do anything this year you must watch the Butler and learn what it is to be an American through the eyes of Cecil Gaines.