Arts & Entertainment

THE BUTLER

The Butler is an epic historical drama inspired by true events which revolves around Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), a fictional African American who progressed from the cotton fields to The White House as a butler, serving seven administrations between 1957–1986.

Cecil’s commitment to the job brought friction into his household, alienating wife Gloria (Oprah Winfrey) and son Louis (David Oyelowo) who became an active force in the civil rights movement against his father’s wishes. Cecil was a silent witness to history and to the discrimination prevalent in the White House.

The Butler is engaging, inspiring and powerful, boasting a stellar cast with some ‘over the top’ characterisations that provide relief from the emotional intensity.

This must-see film is a fine tribute to those who fought and died for equality and a better life. (MM)

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