THE BOTTOM LINE: THE BUTLER

LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER

FEATURING:  Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Ami Ameen, Michael Rainey Jr., Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Clarence Williams III, Robin Williams, Lieb Schreiber, John Cusack, James Marsden, Minka Kelly, Nelsan Ellis, Alan Rickman, Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Fonda, Melissa Leo, Alex Pettyfer, David Banner and Mariah Carey

DIRECTOR:  Lee Daniels 

GENRE:  Biography

SYNOPSIS:  A former slave working as a butler to eight U. S. Presidents and his freedom fighting son disagree on how to obtain civil rights during a time when the color of your skin was all that mattered.

RATING:  PG-13

RUNNING TIME: 132 Mins

THE GOOD: Trayvon Martin… Fruitvale Station…At a time when people of color are still fighting for equal rights, Lee Daniels makes it clear that if you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem.

It is time to show the white man all the terrible things he has done and put him in his place.

Hate must never win!

THE BAD:  Oprah’s tig ol’ bitties never come out to play making Lee Daniels and Terrence Howard look like fools.  Maybe if Winfrey had been more of a team player, this film would have been so much more. As is, it is missing something…

Giving Winfrey an honorary Oscar seems to taken away all of her ambition…

THE UGLY:  The counter scene… 

MY SCORE: 

***

(3 OUT OF 5 STARS)