Page 5 - UK Movie Reviews Special: Dom Hemingway, The Butler, Don Jon, The Counsellor
The Butler has takes on a huge story
Telling the story of a White House butler that served under 8 different presidents, The Butler chronicles the whirlwind of change in civil rights in America, from the beginning of the movement itself, to the Vietnam war. With such a large scope, has Lee Daniels (who originally put his own name in the title) managed to pull it off?
“This is an strangely slushy movie from Lee Daniels, whose last two films (Precious and The Paperboy) bristled with unexpected life. By contrast, this star-packed drama uses a true story to trace the Civil Rights struggle from the 1950s to the present day. But it's been so fictionalised that it feels kind of like a variation on Forrest Gump.”